A man on the flight that skidded off the runway at the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport Thursday night said
it felt like the brakes didn't work and the ground was icy.
"It was a good flight, a little bit of turbulence on the way, but right when we hit the runway in Saskatoon, it was just slippery. We hit the runway and right when they pump on the brakes, it seemed like the brakes weren't working," said Mark Ejack, who was one of 52 passengers on the Air Canada Jazz flight from Calgary to Saskatoon.
Even with the mercury on the rise Thursday, ice and fog played a factor in a number of collisions throughout Saskatchewan.
The weather could serve as a reminder to drivers that winter driving needs to be practiced at all times during the coldest months of the year.
"We've been going through a pretty tough winter weather-wise, and I think the little hint of sunshine maybe has given people a false sense of security," said Ian Barr, a traffic sergeant with the Regina Police Service.
The sight of thousands of travellers stranded across Canada at airports has been commonplace lately, as a variety of causes have forced numerous delays.
During all their spare time waiting, those grounded might be wondering if travel insurance would compensate them for lost vacation time and other costs associated with being delayed. It could, under the right circumstances.
Weather conditions have caused a lot of extra hassle for air travel across the U.S. and Canada.
Pearson International Airport in Toronto stopped all arriving North American flights for more than eight hours on Tuesday stranding thousands of frustrated passengers and causing delays that could last days.
More than half of 774 arriving flights had been cancelled, along with 381 of all departures. Weary travellers slept on seats or trudged forward in hours-long lines to rebook their cancelled or missed flights.
It started off as a vacation in paradise, but quickly turned into a nightmare on the flight home to Regina.
Yellow Grass’ Allen Altwasser and his family had just finished their holiday at a resort in Jamaica this past Sunday. It was 30 C most days in the Caribbean but it was time for the family to leave the hot sun and go back to the frigid -40 C of Saskatchewan that evening. That’s when the ordeal started.
“It was the trip home where things started to unravel,” he said.
A water main break on Confederation Drive is expected to cause some traffic backups near 22nd Street on Saturday.
Northbound traffic near the Confederation Park Mall will have to squeeze to the curb lane while city crews fix the break.
Both west entrances to the mall will stay open.
This is the second water main break the area has seen in the span of a month. Work is expected to wrap up by the early evening.
An apparent structural failure on the St Louis bridge has forced the century old crossing to close.
The Highway Hotline announced the closure at 1:30 p.m. Friday but didn't provide a reason for closing the bridge which crosses the South Saskatchewan river 45 kilometres south of Prince Albert on Highway 2.
Barricades were installed Friday closing the St Louis bridge to traffic. Jan 3, 2014. Kayla Bruch paNOW
Full power was restored to the Saskatoon Airport Tuesday afternoon.
The airport had been running on back up power after a surge in the the post security area Saturday evening.
It caused some flight delays into early Sunday but at no time was power to the pre-security area affected, said a release from the airport authority.
The cause remains under investigation, however on Monday a Sask Power spokesperson stated the problem had been traced to a cable in the airport.
The Saskatoon airport is still running on emergency electricity Monday after an unexpected power surge Saturday.
The power surge delayed some flights Saturday night.
The airport switched to emergency power in the post-security side of the terminal at about 6:30 p.m. said Maxine Montgomery, the manager of customer and terminal services with the Saskatoon Airport Authority.
The airport is currently still on standby power with only essential power being used.
There’s only one big night left in the first holiday season for Regina’s Operation Red Nose, and volunteers are expecting it to be their busiest one yet.
So far volunteers have given 116 free rides to party goers throughout the holiday season—something chairman Edward Edwards said is encouraging in the projects inaugural year.