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Sault Ste. Marie International Airport

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Name Sault Ste. Marie International Airport
Region North America
Territory Canada CA.gif
Location Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Serving Sault Ste. Marie
Elevation 192.024 m
630 ft
630 ft192.024 m
Coordinates 46° 29' 6.00" N, 84° 30' 34.00" W
Designator Length Width Surface ROPS
4/22 1829 m6,000.656 ft
61 m200.131 ft
ASP yes/yes
12/30 1829 m6,000.656 ft
61 m200.131 ft
ASP yes/yes

Observation CYAM 251300Z 23005KT 12SM FEW002 SCT019 BKN038 BKN054 BKN068 16/15 A2960 RMK SF1SC2SC2SC2AC1 AC TR VIS 5 N-NE SLP027 DENSITY ALT 1300FT
Station Sault Ste Marie, Ont.
Date/Time 25 June 2019 13:00:00
Wind direction 230°
Wind speed 05 kts
Lowest cloud amount few clouds
Temperature 16°C
Dew point 15°C
Humidity 93%
Weather condition n/a

Tag(s) Bird Strike
Tag(s) Altimeter Temperature Error Correction
Tag(s) Aircraft Ground De/Anti Icing
Tag(s) Cumulonimbus
Freezing Rain
Lake Effect Snow

Sault Ste. Marie Airport



Regional airport located 8 miles west of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.


Humid Continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb) - Variable weather patterns and a large seasonal temperature variance. Summers are often warm and humid with frequent thunderstorms and winters can be very cold with frequent snowfall and persistent snow cover.



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Accidents & Serious Incidents at or in vicinity of CYAM

  • DH8A / Z42, vicinity Sault Ste. Marie ON Canada, 2014 (On 3 September 2014 in Class 'E' airspace, a light aircraft carrying out a spin recovery exercise in day VMC came very close to a DHC8 climbing out of Sault Ste. Marie. Although the DH8 crew had seen the light aircraft ahead and above and temporarily levelled off, the light aircraft then began "a rapid descending turn" and a TCAS RA 'Descend' followed. It was judged that a turn would also be necessary but even with this, the two aircraft subsequently passed within 350-450 feet at the same altitude in opposite directions. The Investigation made no Safety Recommendations.)
  • DH8A, Saulte Ste. Marie ON Canada, 2015 (On 24 February 2015, the crew of a Bombardier DHC8-100 continued an already unstable approach towards a landing despite losing sight of the runway as visibility deteriorated in blowing snow. The aircraft touched down approximately 140 metres before the start of the paved surface. The continued unstable approach was attributed by the Investigation to "plan continuation bias" compounded by "confirmation bias". It was also found that although the aircraft operator had had an approved SMS in place for almost six years, it had not detected that approaches made by the aircraft type involved were routinely unstable.)
  • DH8D, Sault Ste. Marie ON Canada, 2013 (On 26 May 2013, a Porter Airlines DHC8-400 sustained substantial damage as a result of a mishandled night landing off a visual approach at Sault Ste. Marie which led to a 3g tail strike. The prior approach was stabilised at 500 feet but then unstabilised below that height. The handling pilot involved was a First Officer with 134 hours experience on the aircraft type, which was his first experience of multi crew transport aircraft after significant experience flying light aircraft. An absence of effective monitoring or intervention by the aircraft commander was identified during the Investigation.)