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Incident at airport prompts investigation

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The Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident involving two WestJet planes on a recently renovated runway at James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

A notice from the TSB said an aircraft had to "go around" to avoid another aircraft in a landing area. A team will travel to Winnipeg to probe the incident.

Winnipeg Airport Authority spokeswoman Felicia Wiltshire said the incident occurred on Monday, but wouldn’t say much more because of the ongoing TSB investigation.

"They’re coming in on a fact-finding mission, to find out exactly what happened… at this point there’s not much I can say because the investigation is ongoing," Wiltshire said.

No flights were cancelled or delayed because of the incident, Wiltshire said.

Peter Hildebrand, regional manager at TSB Winnipeg, said the incident occurred around 9 a.m. on the recently reopened north-south runway. A WestJet 737 jet was coming in for a landing when another WestJet aircraft, a DHC-8-400, taxiing into position for takeoff and entered the protected zone, Hildebrand said.

"They approached within the protected area of the runway before the other plane had landed," he said.

WestJet spokesman Robert Palmer said the incident was not a near-collision, but a missed approach, which he said is not uncommon. The aircraft that was landing flew over the airport and landed on second approach, Palmer said.

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Updated on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 5:32 PM CDT: Adds runway information

5:56 PM: Updates with WestJet's response

9:02 PM: Write thru

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