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Transwest Air Flight Forced To Return To PA After Smoke Discovered In Cockpit PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 16:05

There were some tense moments but passengers were never in any immediate danger when a plane made an unexpected landing Tuesday while flying from Prince Albert to La Ronge.

The SAAB SF-340 operated by Transwest Air was headed north when crewmembers noticed a problem in the cockpit.

Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Hildebrand says his organization has been briefed on what happened.

“In the climb out of Prince Albert en route to La Ronge, the crew noticed a problem with one of the navigational radios in the cockpit, and at the same time, a smell was detected on the flight deck,” he says. “A bit of smoke came out of the front of the panel but the visibility was not obscured by it.”

The plane turned around and made a safe landing back in Prince Albert.

Hildebrand says in a case like this, aircrew training is important.

“We do periodically hear of reports of these things. Our concern is whether the existing procedures are sufficient to deal with the occurrence and in this case they were. They also seemed to be handled as a matter of routine.”

There were 21 passengers and three crewmembers on board.

Hildebrand says the TSB will not be investigating the incident any further.

PA Police Continue To Search For Charlette PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 16:03

Prince Albert police are using both aircraft and boats in an attempt to locate Timothy Charlette.

The 27-year-old Charlette was reported missing on Oct. 11, the same day as Beatrice Adam.

Adam’s body was found in the North Saskatchewan River on Oct. 12.

Police say searches along the river for Charlette have produced no evidence related to his disappearance thus far.

The police service’s criminal investigations division has taken over the file.

They ask anyone with information on this investigation to contact them.

La Ronge Forum Looks At Northern Business Opportunities PDF Print E-mail
Written by Braden Malsbury   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 16:01

The second annual Northern Opportunities Forum kicked off Tuesday on a La Ronge-area reserve.

It is being hosted at the Lac La Ronge Indian Band’s Jonas Roberts Memorial Community Centre.

The conference features workshops on business growth and numerous presentations.

Keewatin Career Development Corporation CEO Randy Johns says the purpose of the event is “to develop the ideas and knowledge and thinking and awareness of business opportunities in the north.”

About 120 people registered for this year’s edition of the forum.

It wraps up Wednesday.

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