A series of mistakes for months disabled the Canadian Prime Minister’s plane

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s airplane, the Airbus CC-150 Polaris, was disabled for months due to a series of errors, an investigation by the military commission revealed, ctvnews.ca reports.

The incident occurred back in October 2019 with the Royal Air Force Canada’s flight 01 at Trenton Air Base in Ontario.

Then the airliner in the hangar drove into the tractor and rammed the wall of the building with his nose.

Nose Airbus CC 150 01 after collision with the wall of the hangar.
Airbus CC-150 01 after collision with the wall of the hangar

The investigation showed that the aircraft was towed to a hangar that was not usually used for this type of aircraft, and the tractor was too large to complete the maneuver.

As a result of the technology, the tractor was disconnected to replace it with another, suitable in size, and the aircraft chassis was blocked with the help of supports.

But during the process, the Airbus CC-150 Polaris started moving, jumping over the brake shoes, the right engine collided with a tractor and its nose braked into the wall of the hangar.

Airbus CC 150 01 engine after a collision with a tractor
Airbus CC-150 01 engine after a collision with a tractor

According to the commission of inquiry, the installed supports were of the wrong type and were not near all chassis wheels.

Investigators did not indicate in the report why the aircraft’s brakes were turned off but recommended additional towing training.

The Canadian Department of Defense estimated the damage at $ 11 million. The completion of the Airbus CC-150 Polaris repair, originally scheduled for August, was postponed to January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ministry expects that the costs will be compensated by the company L3Harris, which was engaged in the maintenance of the prime minister’s airliner.

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Author: Sam Smith
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