Emergency crews responded to the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport on Wednesday night after a twin-engine B190 aircraft declared an emergency. The Skylink Express B190 plane was approaching Winnipeg airport around 5:45 pm when the pilots got an indicator that the nose wheel was not locked in the down position. The flight had originated in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The plane’s crew made several low fly-bys and air traffic controllers in the airport tower confirmed that the nose wheel was not fully in the down position.
Airport fire crews responded and Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service units were also called in on standby.
The plane spent more than two hours flying around the Winnipeg area and as far south as Morris as the pilots attempted to resolve the issue before attempting a landing.
Just before 8:15 pm, the pilots made one more fly-by before requesting a long approach to land.
As the plane came in from the south several spectators had gathered just outside the airport fences off Ness Avenue. As it flew over them you could clearly see the main wheels had been deployed but the nose wheel was only partially down.
The plane landed on the main wheels and the pilots kept the nose wheel up until the aircraft lost much of its speed. Just before coming to a stop, the nose dropped. Airport emergency crews were immediately on the scene.
There were no reports of injury.