'Christmas miracle' as plane makes emergency landing at Fort McMurray airport
Cessna 208 Caravan from Camrose, Alta., with 4 aboard has engine trouble, glides to just short of runway
Four people escaped without serious injuries after a small plane crashed Tuesday evening near the Fort McMurray airport. (Mike Clark/Reliable Fleet & Auto)
"They initially looked at landing on the highway, but the highway was too busy," Granger said. "So they attempted to glide in."
The plane was approaching the airport from the south. It fell short of the runway by about half a football field, Granger said, landing on a small service road near the runway.
Granger said the pilot and the three others on board walked away with bumps and bruises. All four refused to go to the hospital.
"It was a Christmas miracle, because the plane had basically run out of power," Granger said.
He said if the plane had come down any shorter of the highway it would have hit a power pole and a berm.
"God knows what would have happened if they had hit all those things," Granger said.
Fred Burow, an investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said there will not be a public report on the incident unless other pertinent information comes to light.