Ahmic Air plane safely makes Back Bay emergency landing

Last modified: February 14, 2019 at 2:00pm

A Cessna A185 aircraft operated by Ahmic Air made an emergency landing on Yellowknife’s Back Bay on Thursday lunchtime.

Nobody was hurt. Ahmic Air said the pilot, who was the lone occupant, and the aircraft were both fine.

An issue related to a cable triggered the emergency landing as a precautionary measure.


The City of Yellowknife said it received a call from Yellowknife Airport’s control tower alerting emergency services to the incident at 11:56am.

According to the City, the aircraft had initially planned to carry out an emergency landing on the Dettah ice road before eventually touching down on Back Bay.

The incident caught the attention of many residents as emergency response crews waited next to Back Bay and the surrounding ice was cleared to make way for the aircraft.

“Just a precautionary landing. Everything is fine,” Stephen Jeffery, the owner of Ahmic Air, told Cabin Radio.

Ahmic Air operates flightseeing trips, services fishing lodges and provides charter flights in the North Slave.


According to its website, Ahmic owns just one Cessna 185, which it uses for shorter trips with smaller loads than those carried by its larger DHC-2 Beaver aircraft.

With files from Sarah Pruys