may have a cult following. But Buffalo Airways, the northern Canadian airline
chronicled over 6 seasons on TV's Ice Pilots NWT, no longer has a
licence to fly.
Canada has grounded the operations of the carrier, suspending its air operator
certificate due to its "poor safety record."
department will not allow Buffalo Airways to resume its commercial air service
until it proves it can keep its operations consistently compliant with aviation
safety regulations," a Transport Canada press release stated.
airline is renowned for its fleet of ageing aircraft such as the Douglas
DC-3 – a type which 1st flew in the 1930s.
the day of Ice Pilots NWT’s final broadcast, in December 2014, a DC-3experienced engine troubleshortly after departure from Hay
River. It turned back and landed without any reported injuries.
September 2015, a Buffalo-operated Curtiss C-46 Commando dating to the
1940s wasinvolved in a
crash-landing in Deline. Nobody was hurt.
incident in August 2013, where another Buffalo DC-3suffered an engine fireon take-off from Yellowknife, drew
criticism from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).
the flight’s 21 pax and 3 crew escaped unharmed, the TSB’s report listed a
series of failings in the airline’s management and safety practices.
organizational culture at Buffalo Airways was not supportive of a system that
required the organization to take a proactive role in identifying hazards and
reducing risks," the board wrote. "The company's response to
deficiencies identified during [Transport Canada] surveillance activities
demonstrated an adversarial relationship between the company and the
History Channel aired the last episode of Ice Pilots NWT, which
depicted the day-to-day operations of Buffalo Airways, in December 2014.