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Cold affects warning light on a plane in Saskatchewan


Officials say parts of the plane don't always work as well as they should when it's really cold
Officials say parts of the plane don't always work as well as they should when it's really cold

The Canadian Press

January 18, 2013 — Officials say cold temperatures were the culprit in a warning light malfunction on an aircraft in Saskatchewan Wednesday

Plunging temperatures felt across the Prairies
Plunging temperatures felt across the Prairies

Cold weather is believed to have caused a problem with a warning light on an aircraft in northern Saskatchewan.

A twin-engine turboprop travelling from Fond du Lac to the Cigar Lake mine on Wednesday was rerouted to the Stony Rapids airport after a warning light indicated a possible problem with the plane's landing gear. 

West Wind Aviation president Dennis Barenieski says standard procedures were followed and emergency personnel from Black Lake were called to the airport. 

Barenieski says the plane, which was carrying five passengers and two crew members, landed safely and it appears the indicator light had malfunctioned.

Transportation Safety Board regional manager Peter Hildebrand says he has been made aware of the situation. Hildebrand says it is not unusual for this type of malfunction to happen with the extremely cold weather northern Saskatchewan has been experiencing recently. 

“Sometimes the switches that turn the lights on and off are not going to be working as well as they should when it gets really cold,” he said. "That’s really what it was, so with that we are not going to conduct a full investigation of that.”

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