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News Release / March 13, 1998 / Project number: NR-98.015

ANDOYA (NORWAY) - A Canadian CF-18 skidded off the runway into a snow bank following a landing at Andoya Air Station, Norway during NATO exercise Strong Resolve 98, currently underway in Europe. The Pilot, Capt William Moffat, 34 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, based at 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec and NATO tactical evaluator Flight Lieutenant Peter Fspiess, an Australian pilot, were uninjured. The incident occurred on 12 March, around 10:40 p.m. (Norway) when the aircraft, one of four airborne Canadian CF-18, was returning to the station after executing an exercise mission.

The Canadian emergency response team and Norwegian personnel were rapidly on scene and the runway was closed for two hours allowing personnel to recover the aircraft. As a result of the impact with the snow, the CF-18 suffered minor damage to its main landing gear and to one of its ailerons. A standard flight safety investigation is currently underway in theatre to determine the circumstances of the incident.

About 330 Canadian Air Force personnel from units based at Bagotville, Quebec, Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Trenton, Ontario and other bases are currently deployed in Norway, the majority of which being located at Andoya Air Station in the Northwestern part of the country. In addition, 11 CF-18 fighters from 3 Wing Bagotville, 2 CP-Aurora maritime patrol aircraft and 2 CE-144 Challenger electronic warfare training aircraft from 14 Wing Greenwood are taking part in the exercise.

Exercise Strong Resolve, held once every three years, is an army/navy/air force multinational exercise involving more than 50,000 service members from 25 countries. It is the first large-scale exercise comprising two simultaneous crises (Crisis South and Crisis North) in separate geographical regions. The Canadian air force is taking part in Crisis North, a scenario where a NATO country is attacked by a non-NATO country. Strong Resolve 98 is being held from 9 to 21 March 1998.


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