Incident at RANKIN INLET NU (CYRT) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown, Aerodrome - other)
2003-07-04: UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that Truck 82 became disabled on Runway 13/31 at the 4,000 foot mark of the Rankin Inlet Airport because of an oil line failure. The breakdown occurred at the return valve point which caused all the engine oil to siphon out onto the runway. The truck is a 1982 International, which was a gift to the hamlet of Rankin Inlet from the Department Of National Defence. It had been converted into a snow plow for the winter months. The truck was designed originally as an all-terrain vehicle and has a built-in fail-safe feature which senses any mechanical or attitudinal abnormality. If the irregularity is not rectified, then a lock-out system activates, terminating the exercise. In this case, the loss of oil pressure triggered the device. Aerodrome Safety, in conversations with the APM and other Airport staff at Rankin Inlet, expressed its concern with the time required to remove the disabled vehicle. Forty plus minutes, two aircraft having to hold for close to 30 minutes, which with most fuel requirements begins to compromise safety. The Airport manager has de-activated the lock-out system on Truck 82 so that if an event such as this recurs, the vehicle will be moveable.
2003-06-12: Truck 82, a snow plow, became disabled on Runway 13/31 at Rankin Inlet and was removed after a 40-minute period. Two arrivals were delayed up to 25 minutes during this time.
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