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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Air Canada Emergency Plans

Canadian Defense Minister David Pratt admitted late Wednesday evening that they military has been caught off guard by the possible failure of last minute negotiations to rescue Air Canada from liquidation.

"Without the agreement of the Canadian Auto Workers, the possibility of the airline ceasing operations is very high. If that happens, there will be a lot of planes stranded up there. We're going to have to find a way to bring them all down.

Pratt admits this is problematic, as the aging Sea King helicopters are not equipped to fly at the altitudes of commercial jet liners. If pilots can bring their planes down a few thousand feet before the deadline arrives, the heavy duty helicopters may be able to pull some of the smaller ones in to local airports. A high-ranking defense official admitted that military jets are unsuitable for heavy duty, but was quick to point out that though "military cargo planes don't generally serve as tow vehicles", they can be quickly outfitted with rescue equipment "in a pinch".
"It's not every day we are called on to pull planes as large as 747's back down to the ground, but we've got the best training in the world. Canadians should not be concerned. We won't leave anyone up there."

Posted by Kate McMillan on May 19, 2004 in Travel | Permalink


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This doesn't make sense.

Why would the military be involved in Air Canada's financial issues?

It's not as if the planes will fall out of the sky if it goes belly-up!

Posted by: Scott M. | 2004-05-20 4:41:34 AM

Heh... I wonder what sort of mail Scott Ott gets.

Posted by: Kate | 2004-05-20 8:28:41 PM

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