Incident at YELLOWKNIFE NT (CYZF) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown, Aerodrome - other)


2003-04-23: The driver of Staff 24 was doing a lighting check on Runway 33 at Yellowknife airport when he lost communication with the Control Tower and did not follow instructions to leave the runway. The runway lights were flashed several times and then failed. The crew of MPE 410, a B737 on approach for Runway 33, was instructed to circle for Runway 09 while an additional vehicle was dispatched to ensure that Staff 24 did not enter Runway 09. MPE 410 landed safely on Runway 09 at 1408Z.
2003-04-28: UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the electrician was the driver of Staff 24 and was at the forward operator's location on Runway 33. Prior to getting out of the vehicle, he mistakenly turned the squelch up and the volume down on the airside radio. The individual has been employed at the airport in Yellowknife for twenty years and was inspecting the airport's runway lighting systems, which had not been functioning properly due to warm temperatures and high water levels. When the runway lights began to flash off and on, he thought he had discovered the problem and since his radio in the vehicle was turned off didn't know about the arriving aircraft until another vehicle arrived at his work position. The individual's AVOP (Airside Vehicle Operators Permit) has been suspended and will be re-issued once he has passed a written examination. He continues with his duties but he needs a driver to escort him on the airside.


CADORS Number 2003C0493
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 2003-04-22 - 14:06
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Aerodrome ID CYZF
Geographic Location Northwest Territories, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Yellowknife
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number 28802
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Aerodrome
Events Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown,Aerodrome - other

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