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VIP aircraft used by Prime Minister damaged – out of service until August 2020

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen in his office in Ottawa, Wednesday November 6, 2019.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen in his office in Ottawa, Wednesday November 6, 2019.

An accident that happened in October has sidelined the military’s specialized VIP aircraft used by the prime minister.

On Oct. 19, 2019 while being towed into a hangar at 8 Wing Trenton by contracted maintenance personnel, the VVIP-configured Polaris CC-15001 suffered significant structural damage to the nose and right engine cowling, the Royal Canadian Air Force confirmed Monday. The damage happened when the aircraft rolled into the back wall of a hangar.

The incident remains under investigation to determine causes and identify preventive measures, according to the RCAF. Engineering teams from Airbus, the original equipment manufacturer of the aircraft, and General Electric, which made the engines, assessed the damages and provided an initial repair plan.

As a result, the aircraft is not expected to return to service until August. “We do not have sufficient detail about potential costs, or the attribution of those costs, to provide any detail at this time,” RCAF spokesman Lt.-Col. Steve Neta stated.

The Royal Canadian Air Force has other aircraft that can be used for VVIP transport, including other CC-150 Polaris planes as well as the CC-144 Challenger fleet, depending on the requirements, Neta added.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left Ottawa on Monday for London to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NATO military alliance. The Department of National Defence said he travelled on another Polaris aircraft.

Neta said the RCAF is confident it can meet the travel needs for the prime minister and other VIPs.

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