An accident that occurred in October has sidelined the army’s specialised VIP plane utilized by the prime minister.
On Oct. 19, 2019 whereas being towed right into a hangar at eight Wing Trenton by contracted upkeep personnel, the VVIP-configured Polaris CC-15001 suffered important structural injury to the nostril and proper engine cowling, the Royal Canadian Air Power confirmed Monday. The injury occurred when the plane rolled into the again wall of a hangar.
The incident stays below investigation to find out causes and determine preventive measures, in accordance with the RCAF. Engineering groups from Airbus, the unique gear producer of the plane, and Normal Electrical, which made the engines, assessed the damages and offered an preliminary restore plan.
Consequently, the plane will not be anticipated to return to service till August. “We don’t have enough element about potential prices, or the attribution of these prices, to offer any element presently,” RCAF spokesman Lt.-Col. Steve Neta acknowledged.
The Royal Canadian Air Power has different plane that can be utilized for VVIP transport, together with different CC-150 Polaris planes in addition to the CC-144 Challenger fleet, relying on the necessities, Neta added.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left Ottawa on Monday for London to have a good time the 70th birthday of the NATO army alliance. The Division of Nationwide Defence stated he travelled on one other Polaris plane.
Neta stated the RCAF is assured it could meet the journey wants for the prime minister and different VIPs.