Plane makes safe emergency landing on Yellowknife’s Back Bay

An Ahmic Air plane, similar to this one, landed safely on Back Bay
(photo courtesy of Facebook)

For the second time this winter, a plane has been forced to land on Great Slave Lake in Yellowknife.

Late Thursday morning, an Ahmic Air pilot landed without incident on Back Bay after reportedly having issues with a cable attached to a landing ski.

The pilot was the only person on board.

Ahmic Air’s terminal is actually located on Back Bay.

A spokesperson for the city stated in an email that the original call to Emergency Response came from the Airport Control Tower at 11:56 am, as a possible emergency landing.

He added that the original plan was to land on the Dettah Ice Road.

That road was used as a makeshift runway last month by an Air Tindi pilot.

Video of that landing was widely circulated on social media, but few details about it were ever learned.

That may have been because two Air Tindi pilots were killed at around the same time when their plane crashed near Behchoko.

A celebration of life is being held for those two pilots Friday in Yellowknife.

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