Air North plane has emergency landing

An Air North flight made an emergency landing in Whitehorse Thursday after the plane’s hydraulic systems failed. The Hawker Siddeley 748 turboprop plane was en route to Inuvik from Dawson City when pilots noticed the hydraulics weren’t working.

An Air North flight made an emergency landing in Whitehorse Thursday after the plane’s hydraulic systems failed.

The Hawker Siddeley 748 turboprop plane was en route to Inuvik from Dawson City when pilots noticed the hydraulics weren’t working.

The plane was redirected to Whitehorse International Airport because it has better emergency services and a longer runway, said Air North CEO Joe Sparling.

“It was not a stressful event, it was a simple hydraulic problem,” he said.

Whitehorse RCMP, emergency services, firefighters and bylaw services were all on scene Thursday morning preparing for the worst.

The plane landed without incident at 11:35 a.m.

The hydraulics, which control the lowering of the wheels as well as steering, have back up systems, said Sparling.

“In flight they don’t do very much,” he said.

This is not the first time a hydraulic system jammed up on an Air North flight.

“Airplanes have hydraulic problems from time to time,” he said.