The Canadian Department of Transport has suspended the air operator certificate (AOC) of the Canadian company Island Express Air. This decision follows the accident of February 23, 2018, when a twin-turboprop King Air made a runway excursion around 12am at Abbotsford International Airport (YXX).
The plane was transporting eight passengers and two crewmembers to California and was piloted by an experienced captain, according to Dan Nielsen, manager at Island Express Air. No one was badly injured but two passengers had to be transported to the hospital to treat minor wounds. This flight was the only one from the company that had been allowed to fly, because of the snowstorm. Several witnesses said the visibility was greatly reduced over the airport by the time of the accident.
“In light of these threats to public safety, Transport Canada will not allow Island Express Air to resume its commercial air service until it proves it can keep its operations consistently compliant with aviation safety regulations” says a statement released on February 28, 2018.
Island Airs Express is a small airline offering daily flights between Vancouver Island and six others cities of the Western coast of Canada.