Incident at INUVIK / MIKE ZUBKO NT (CYEV) (Aerodrome - visual aids, Aerodrome - power failure, ATM - other)


2003-04-22: Inuvik airport experienced a complete power failure on April 19 when a vehicle ran into a power pole, knocking it down. All ATS equipment was off the air until April 21 at 0207Z, when everything came back on the air with the exception of the ILS and the Flight Weather Graphing System.
2003-04-28: UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that at around 2 A.M. Pacific daylight time on the 19th of April a HighBoy (vehicle) which was hauling a road grader turned off of the main highway into an industrial park is used by tractor trailers (18 wheelers) to load and unload. The yard is located about 10 kilometers between the town of Inuvik and the airport. The HighBoy was carrying an unusually high load. The top of the grader came in contact with power lines as the driver turned into the yard. Since both the airport and the community are on the same power grid, service to both locales was interrupted. Emergency power to the airport came on line immediately, however all ATS equipment was knocked off the air because they are wired through the telephone lines which were also taken out. Since it was the Easter long weekend and telephone repair people from the south had to be flown in, service was not restored at the airport until the April 21st. Air traffic was not interrupted because of the time of the event and because of the weather which was below IFR limits in drizzle and fog. However as morning broke, the fog and stratus conditions improved so that operations were conducted under VFR without any inconvenience (except for the phones and the power) to passengers.


CADORS Number 2003C0487
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 2003-04-19 - 08:40
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Aerodrome ID CYEV
Geographic Location Northwest Territories, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Inuvik
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number 28773
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Aerodrome,ATM/CNS
Events Aerodrome - visual aids,Aerodrome - power failure,ATM - other

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