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February 7, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Passengers aboard Swiss Air flight 40 from Zurich to sunny Los Angeles were surprised to find their plane land – as a short video shows – at a tiny airport in a deeply icebound part of remote Arctic Canada with an outside temperature of minus 20C.

The plane, with 217 people aboard, headed over Greenland and across northern Canada when flight crew noticed the left-hand engine of the B777-300 was indicating a fault on the dashboard panel. The engine then shut down automatically, as it is designed to do.

As the Aviation Herald puts it: “The flight crew drifted the aircraft down and diverted to Iqaluit for a safe landing about 100 minutes later.”

Iqaluit is capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavat, north of Quebec.

A short video clip of the plane landing in deeply snowy surroundings shows it passing over a flock of birds at low level and sending up a cloud of snow and ice as it touches down.

The clip, just 30 seconds long, can be viewed below:


After the plane touched down without incident, passengers stayed aboard (where it was warmer) while Swiss Air sent a replacement aircraft from New York to take passengers to Los Angeles as planned.

Passengers had to transfer from their B777 to the replacement A330. All the local school busses in Iqaluit and surrounds were dispatched to the airport to help passengers make the switch.

A UPI report said local tourism officials in Iqaluit expressed regret that their unexpected overnight visitors weren’t able to see any of the area, except a view of the snowbound airport out the windows.

Written by Peter Needham

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