Mil­i­tary plane wait­ing for bet­ter weather

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

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.

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