Incident at RANKIN INLET NU (CYRT) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown, Aerodrome - other)


2005-02-08: Rankin Inlet FSS reported a disabled vehicle on the runway, apparently out of fuel. The runway was unavailable until 2135Z. One departure was delayed for five minutes until the vehicle was removed.
2005-03-16: UPDATE This event took place in the hours of daylight with reported outside air temperatures at -39°C northwest winds at 15- 20 knots, producing wind chill values of minus -62-64 degree Celsius . The vehicle being used to remove snow from the graded areas adjacent to the runway at Rankin Inlet has a fuel quantity gauge mounted on the dash board inside the cab. The operator reported that the fuel gauge was reading 3/4 full when the plow was removed from the garage that afternoon. The snow plow an old Department of Transport vehicle does not have a fuel site gauge or a fuel dip stick to determine fuel quantities. The operator must rely on the accuracy of fuel gauge or re-fuel till the fuel is visible in the neck of the fuel tank. After the occurrence the fuel gauge was still reading 3/4 full the plow was then towed to the hanger and thawed out, once the vehicle had warmed up the fuel gauge read Zero. It was reported that condensation caused by extreme temperatures changes when a vehicle is moved from a heated garage to the outside, resulted in an erroneous fuel gauge reading. The runway was unavailable for 12 minutes in which time one aircraft was delayed for 5 minutes, there were no other reported delays or interruptions of air traffic at Rankin Inlet.


CADORS Number 2005C0295
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 2005-02-07 - 21:23
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID CYRT
Geographic Location Nunavut, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Rankin Inlet
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number 53427-V1
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Aerodrome
Events Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown,Aerodrome - other

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