Military plane waiting for better weather
SYDNEY — The Canadian Forces maritime patrol plane stuck at the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport remained grounded Monday while waiting for the weather to improve.
CFB Greenwood spokesman Capt. Scott Spurr said one of the CP140 Aurora’s propellers needs to be replaced due to a problem with the de-icing mechanism and it can’t fly through clouds until the problem is resolved.
He said the military could have sent a crew to Sydney to replace the propeller, but it was decided that waiting for clear flying weather was the easiest option.
The Aurora made an emergency landing in Sydney, Thursday, after smoke appeared in the cockpit on a return flight from St. John’s, N.L., where the problem first occurred following a routine patrol.
Technicians worked on the plane Friday, but a takeoff Friday night had to be aborted when smoke reappeared.