Ministry of Natural Resources Water Bomber Crash at Sault Ste Marie International Airport

From Sault Online – link to source story

By Dan Gray – May 2, 2021

Plane crashed on Runway 12, Sault Ste. Marie Airport, May 2, 2021 (Dan Gray/SaultOnline.com)

At approximately 12:30 p.m. May 2, 2021 emergency services attended a reported plane crash at Sault Airport.

Upon arrival a Ministry of Natural Resources water bomber number 274 could be seen sitting on the runway 12 at Sault Airport.

A security guard at the airport refused to give any details past they were in the process of cleaning it up.

After reviewing audio on LiveATC.net someone on board of the water bomber stated “There was a failure on the landing gear, we are going to need assistance to move the aircraft off the runway.”

The aircraft could be seen with landing gear up, and resting on its right wing.

A statement from the MNRF Communications and Media Relations Specialist, Isabelle Chenard says they are investigating.

“This afternoon, one of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s CL415 waterbombing aircraft made a hard landing at the Sault Ste Marie International Airport. The aircraft had been performing a routine test flight. There were no injuries to flight crew onboard, which included a pilot and co-pilot,” said Chenard.

“A team from Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services is currently on scene to remove the aircraft from the runway. Our Aviation Services Section will be working with the Transportation Safety Board on this investigation.”