The Air Georgian airplane Beech 1900D with registration C-GORF landed on its nose in Calgary after failure of opening the nose gear. The aircraft was performing flight AC-7212 on behalf of Air Canada from Lethbridge to Calgary with 15 passengers on board, but at the approach to the airport, the nose gear did not indicate down and locked. The crew started work on checklist to resolve the unsafe indication, but was unable to fix the problem. The aircraft Beech 1900D made a low approach to have the inspection from the ground and was estimated that the nose gear was down, but not in position. After another circle around the airport, the crew was finally forced to land on Calgary’s runway 35R. The landing was done, keeping the nose up as long as possible, but one the the nose lowered the gear collapsed and the aircraft came on its main gear and slid on its nose.
The passengers were evacuated without injuries. The local authorities closed the runway for 6 hours after landing, as result of the accident. During the emergency landing, the runway was secured by firefighting team and ambulances. Fortunately the nose gear broke just after the airplane landed and started slowing down.
The airplane Beech 1900D is a 19-passenger, pressurized twin-engine turboprop fixed-wing aircraft. It was designed, and is primarily used, as a regional airliner. The aircraft is designed to carry passengers in all weather conditions from airports with relatively short runways. It is capable of flying in excess of 600 miles, although few operators use its full-fuel range. The airplane Beech 1900D has overall length 17.60 nm heaight of 4.72 m and wingspan 17.64 m. The aircraft is driven by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67D turboprops, 1,279 shaft hp (955 kW) each. The cruise speed of the airplane is 518 km/h with range 707 km with 19 passenger payload.