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Uh guys? That's not a snowmobile trail




HEARST – The James Bay Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind the public and snowmobilers to stay off of airport runways.

On January 22, 2016 at 2:30 p.m., four Motorized Snow Vehicles (MSV) were observed on the Hearst Airport runway by a pilot who was attempting to land.

The pilot took evasive action and completed a missed approach with a circling and landed the aircraft safely. 

Airport runways are private property and anyone observed trespassing will be charged.

Trespassers may face provincial and criminal charges, depending on the circumstances, which include:

  • Trespass to Property
  • Mischief
  • Interfering with Transportation Facilities
  • Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle
  • Endangering Safety of Aircraft or Airport
  • Causing Death by Criminal Negligence

This investigation is ongoing and police were unable to identify the involved drivers or vehicles.

Any person with information about this incident is asked to immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online at where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.


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