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6. Pilots face unique risks landing on northern British Columbia airstrips

from The Globe and Mail

From April 9: The weather was deteriorating rapidly on the morning of March 17 as the pilots of a Northern Thunderbird Air flight searched for Runway 19 in Blue River, British Columbia. In the dull light and falling snow, they finally made out the 5,000-foot stretch of pavement a minute before landing, descending at 300 kilometres per hour. The underused runway hadn't been plowed since the previous evening and snow dusted the surface, hiding patches of ice. more


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