Plane makes emergency landing at Fort St. John Airport

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A Central Mountain Air flight had to make an emergency landing at the Fort St. John Airport Friday afternoon.

The plane had just taken off from the airport when the crew registered a problem with a hydraulic hose on the plane’s brakes, says Moira Green, managing director for the North Peace Airport Services.

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The Hawkair Dash 8 plane was flying for a Central Mountain Air scheduled flight to Fort Nelson. It had just taken off from the airport with around 20 passengers when it had to return because of the problem.

Emergency crews were called out to the airport at approximately 1:52 p.m. Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows says that the plane landed without incident and was able to taxi to the airport building to be checked out.

Green says the plane will either be fixed or Central Mountain Air will bring in another plane to transport the passengers to Fort Nelson.

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