A Jazz de Havilland Dash 8-400, flight QK-8481 from Calgary,AB to Grande Prairie,AB (Canada) with 71 passengers and 4 crew, was climbing out of Calgary when the crew stopped the climb at 4000 feet due to a blown tyre after departure from Calgary. The crew decided to divert to Edmonton and positioned for a landing on Edmonton’s runway 02, during touchdown the right hand main gear collapsed, the aircraft came to a stop off the right hand side of the runway resting on its nose gear, left main gear and the right hand wing tip, the right hand propeller contacted ground with all blades separating, at least one impacting the fuselage. Three passengers received minor injuries, the aircraft sustained substantial damage.
One of the passengers had a close call when a propeller blade came through the window next to her.
Luckily the propeller didn’t hit her, but the whole inside wall of the plane blew out so she had fibreglass and everything all embedded in her skin.
Spokeswoman Genevieve Corbin confirmed a portion of the right propeller blade was partially lodged into the fuselage of the aircraft.
Passenger Ron Prochner said he knew something was wrong when he heard an explosion on takeoff.
“There was a loud explosion and then we took off and it was like bump, bump, bump,” said Prochner, adding that people calmed down until the pilot started his approach into Edmonton International Airport.
As the plane descended to the runway passengers and crews braced for impact. When it touched down, he said the landing gear on one side of the plane collapsed.
As the plane skidded across the runway something started to smash into the fuselage, Prochner said.
Jazz Aviation LP said in a statement that four passengers on Flight 8481 were sent to hospital for treatment. Three were later released but one person remained in hospital Friday for observation.
Transportation Safety Board spokesman Chris Krepski said investigators would be interviewing the flight crew and air traffic controllers Friday.
“Our investigators are continuing to work on it and gather information, interview witnesses, examine the aircraft,” he said from Gatineau, Que.
Jazz said an extra flight was sent in late Thursday evening to take most of the passengers on to Grande Prairie, while those who remained in Edmonton overnight were expected to complete their trip Friday.
The airline said it’s “very grateful” there were no severe injuries and that it’s co-operating with the investigation.