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Two aircraft hit lights in closed runway section confusion at Iqaluit Airport, Canada
31 July 2015
Google Earth view of CYFB runway 16 (designation 17 on photo was changed to 16 in 2014)

Google Earth view of CYFB runway 16

Two Canadian Boeing 737-200 jets impacted temporary lights on a closed section of the runway at Iqaluit Airport, Canada, according to incident information  released by Transport Canada.

Runway resurfacing works were started at the Iqaluit Airport (CYFB) during which the western half of the runway (100 ft of the 200 ft wide runway) was closed over the full length. This was published in a Notam.

On July 8, 2015, a Nolinor Boeing 737-200 (C-GTUK) was on an IFR flight, NRL790. from Kitchener/Waterloo (CYKF), to Iqaluit (CYFB). On final approach for runway 16, the crew did not detect the lateral limit of the closed runway section nor did they notice the lights at the centre of the runway. Just before landing, the crew noticed the lights at the centre of the runway and conducted a manoeuvre to laterally shift the aircraft in the open section of the runway. The aircraft stuck several temporary runway lights. The minor damage was limited to a landing gear tire, which had to be replaced, and no one was injured.

Then on July 11, a Boeing 737-200 registration C-GDPA operated by Canadian North as flight MPE8706, was on an IFR flight from the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Intl Airport (CYOW) to Iqaluit (CYFB) with 3 crew members and no passengers. On final approach to runway 16, the crew did not detect the lateral boundary of the closed runway section, or noticed the lights in the center of the runway. On landing, the aircraft struck some temporary lights in the center of the track before shifting laterally to the open half of the runway. Damage was limited to the fairing to the group’s air intake turbocooler. There were no injures.