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Airlines Shift Planes to Get March Break Travellers Home Amid Max 8 Grounding

Airlines Shift Planes to Get March Break Travellers Home Amid Max 8 Grounding

By Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

Air Canada
An Air Canada Boeing 737 Max aircraft arriving from Toronto prepares to land at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on March 12, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

TORONTO — Two Canadian airlines dealing with the grounding of Boeing Max 8 jets say they have re-assigned other planes to accommodate travellers returning home from March Break vacations.

Both Air Canada and WestJet said Sunday they shifted planes to focus on routes taking travellers to and from vacation destinations like Mexico and the Caribbean.

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Meet Otto: Winnipeg Airport Utilizing First Autonomous Snowplow in North America

Meet Otto: Winnipeg Airport Utilizing First Autonomous Snowplow in North America

Autonomous Snowplow
Otto, North America’s first autonomous snowplow, operates at Winnipeg’s Richardson International Airport on Thursday, March 14, 2019. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — They call it “Otto” and it’s leading the way to ensure runways at Winnipeg’s Richardson International Airport remain clear of snow.

The made-in-Manitoba technology is behind North America’s first autonomous snowplow, which the airport has been piloting since the fall. On Thursday, it was ready for its big reveal to see it in action.

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Canada Orders Grounding of All Boeing 737 Max 8s Over Safety Concerns

Canada Orders Grounding of All Boeing 737 Max 8s Over Safety Concerns

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

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A Sunwing Boeing 737-800 passenger plane prepares to land at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

OTTAWA — Transport Minister Marc Garneau is closing Canadian skies to the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, effectively grounding the planes over safety concerns arising from the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight that killed everyone on board, including 18 Canadians.

The decision to ground the planes is a precautionary move that was made after a review of all the available evidence, Garneau told a news conference Wednesday in Ottawa that was twice delayed by what he called new incoming information.

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Canadians Mourn as Victims of Ethiopian Airlines Crash Identified

Canadians Mourn as Victims of Ethiopian Airlines Crash Identified

By Morgan Lowrie and Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press

Ethiopian Airlines Crash
Rescuers search at the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed shortly after takeoff at Hejere near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, some 50 kilometres (31 miles) south of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia Sunday, March 10, 2019. The Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Ethiopia’s capital on Sunday morning, killing all 157 on board, authorities said, including 18 Canadians. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP)

A senior UN official and a New Brunswick forester were among the 18 Canadians who died Sunday when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 aboard.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees said one of its Canadian-born employees was among the victims of the deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane.

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Eighteen Canadians in Deadly Ethiopian Airlines Crash

Eighteen Canadians in Deadly Ethiopian Airlines Crash

By The Associated Press

Ethiopian Airlines
An older Boeing 737-800 Ethiopian Airlines plane is pictured in this file photo.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Eighteen Canadians are among the victims of an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that killed all 157 people thought to be on board Sunday, the airline’s CEO and Kenya’s transport minister said.

The victims also include 32 Kenyans, nine Ethiopians, eight people each from China, the United States and Italy, seven each from France and Britain, six from Egypt, five from the Netherlands and four each from India and Slovakia.

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Cessna Falls Short of Runway, Crashes on Manitoba Lake

Cessna Falls Short of Runway, Crashes on Manitoba Lake

Little Grand Rapids Plane Crash
A Cessna Grand Caravan crashed on Family Lake near Little Grand Rapids Monday afternoon. (RCMP HANDOUT)
Little Grand Rapids Plane Crash
(RCMP HANDOUT)

The Transportation Safety Board and the RCMP are investigating a plane crash on a Manitoba lake near Little Grand Rapids.

The Cessna Grand Caravan landed on Family Lake Monday afternoon after coming within 3-5 kilometres of the runway on the south side of the airport.

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Quebecers Stranded by Haitian Protests Arrive in Montreal

Quebecers Stranded by Haitian Protests Arrive in Montreal

By Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press

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Passengers arrive at Trudeau airport in Montreal, Saturday, February 16, 2019. More than 100 Quebec tourists who had been trapped in Haiti amid violent street protests were flown back to Montreal on Saturday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

MONTREAL — Dozens of Quebec tourists who had been trapped in Haiti amid violent street protests were greeted with hugs and tears from relieved loved ones as they landed at Montreal’s airport on Saturday.

An Air Transat flight carrying 150 passengers, including the 113 Quebec tourists who had booked the same vacation package through the airline, landed at Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport just after 9 p.m.

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Air Force Aiming to Have Armed Drones in the Air in Next Six Years: Commander

Air Force Aiming to Have Armed Drones in the Air in Next Six Years: Commander

By The Canadian Press

Spy Drone
A Heron pilotless spy drone, operated by the Canadian military, sits in a hangar at Kandahar Airfield on July 5, 2010. The Royal Canadian Air Force is hoping to pull the trigger on the purchase of new drones within the next five or six years after spending nearly two decades weighing different options. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland)

OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Air Force is hoping to pull the trigger on the purchase of new drones within six years after spending nearly two decades weighing different options.

The Canadian Forces has been working since the early 2000s to find unmanned aerial vehicles that can conduct surveillance over Canada’s vast territory and support overseas missions.

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