Incident at INUVIK / MIKE ZUBKO NT (CYEV) (Dangerous goods/hazardous materials, Aerodrome - runway or taxiway surface condition, Aerodrome - other)


2003-09-23: UPDATE NWT Airports reported that the individual who applied the wrong chemical is a 15 year employee who used 51 bags of calcium chloride and did not notice the error. The material was poured into a hopper which is towed behind a pickup truck. The employee managed to apply it to the entire runway and the taxiways. Once the mistake was discovered, the airport took immediate steps to wash and sweep all areas of the airport surfaces. Each of the operators of the 13 aircraft which used the airport after the wrong material was used, was contacted to advise them of the possibility that their a/c had been exposed to corrosive material. The employee has had his airside privileges revoked and his status will be discussed at a meeting with Inuvik airport and NWT airports management.
2003-09-19: After snow removal operations at Inuvik airport, it was believed that approximately 800 lbs. of Calcium Chloride (77%), which is corrosive, may have been used on the apron, taxiways and runway instead of urea. All areas were repeatedly swept. The Government of Northwest Territories (NT) Operations Centre personnel contacted CACO seeking support and advice on how best to proceed. The CACO Duty officer had CANUTEC personnel contact the NT Operations Centre to provide technical advice. CACO Duty officer suggested that all air operators who used the airport be contacted with instructions on ""washing down"" their aircraft as well as issuing an advisory or NOTAM cautioning future air operators until such time as the affected areas were tested as being free from the contaminate. C-GCFR, a Transport Canada DHC-7, had operated out of the airport during the period of potential contamination. CACO personnel will contact Aircraft Services to advise the crew.


CADORS Number 2003C1334
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By Transport Canada
Occurred At 2003-09-18 - 17:00
Day or Night? Day-time
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
Reported By Transport Canada
Categories Aerodrome
Events Dangerous goods/hazardous materials,Aerodrome - runway or taxiway surface condition,Aerodrome - other

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