Air tanker slides off runway at Manning, Alberta

The crew of two was transported to a hospital for evaluation.

(UPDATED at 8:59 a.m. MDT, May 7, 2016)

The Whistler Question reports that the pilot of the air tanker that slid off the runway at Manning, Alberta “suffered a medical episode” and the co-pilot was forced to land the plane. This occurred while the aircraft was approaching to land.

Below is an excerpt from the article:

…During the emergency landing at the airport strip, the plane veered off the runway and came to rest in the ditch, luckily without catching fire.

The co-pilot was not injured and walked away from the crash, but the pilot suffered a cut to the head, though he was conscious and breathing when first responders arrived.

His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Global News had a similar report.


(Originally published at 9:42 p.m. MDT May 5, 2016)

Above: Alberta premier Rachel Notley confirms the air tanker incident at Manning.

An air tanker slid off the runway Thursday at the Manning, Alberta airport. There were no fatalities but the two pilots were being evaluated at a hospital. The air tanker had been working a fire near Manning before the incident.

T 45 at Manning Alberta
An air tanker at Manning Alberta slid off the runway on Thursday. CTV news photo.

CBC news quoted Eleanor Miclette, the acting chief administrative officer for the County of Northern Lights, who said the air crew lost control of the plane’s steering and crash-landed at the end of the runway around 4 p.m. The aircraft, a Convair, leaked fuel following the crash but there was no fire.

The position of the aircraft in the photo above is similar to that in the 2010 off-runway excursion of Neptune’s Tanker 44, a P2V, when a hydraulic failure upon landing led to inadequate brakes. The position is reminiscent of Minden’s Tanker 48 in 2014 that had a hydraulic failure causing the nose wheel to collapse while landing.

Tanker 45 at JEFFCO
Conair’s Tanker 45 at JEFFCO airport near Denver, June 2012 during the High Park Fire. In the Canadian aircraft registry, it is listed as a Convair 340-32 manufactured in 1953. Photo by Shane Harvey.

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9 thoughts on “Air tanker slides off runway at Manning, Alberta”

  1. Stick to the facts..the comparison to other accidents are not relevant.
    Wait for the details to emerge.

      1. The comparison is the “hydraulic failure” your writings elude to the fact that the Convair met the same fate.

  2. This seems like an unnecessary comparison, Bill. Even irresponsible, given the absence of facts. Every aircraft that exits the runway into a ditch will look like this. If the only comparison you are trying to make is the position of the aircraft, then why make it at all?

    1. That is a very serious accusation Mr. or Ms. “Opinion”.

      Guessing about the cause of the crash would have been ill-advised, but mentioning that the three aircraft ended up in similar positions is definitely not “irresponsible”. Some readers will find it interesting that in the last six years there have been three air tanker off-runway excursions that ended up looking similar to this. However it is possible that someone associated with those three companies don’t like for the public to be reminded of their unfortunate incidents.

      We are thankful that in the 2010 and 2014 accidents there were no serious injuries. We’re still waiting to hear about the results of the hospital evaluation of the pilots at Manning.

  3. The second word of the third paragraph is POSITION. I agree with Bill on this. Nowhere in the article that I could see did he refer to the same problem as in the other incidents of Tankers sliding off a runway. But what do I know….

  4. Why aren’t they using some of the super tankers out of Co. (US) ? They keep talking about how much water they can carry. If they used the super tankers wouldn’t that help the fire fighters?

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