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Bombardier lays off staff at western air bases

Aug. 12, 2011, Moose Jaw, Sask. - Bombardier has laid off workers at two military air bases in Saskatchewan and Alberta because training jets are grounded.


August 12, 2011
By The Canadian Press

A crash of a Hawk jet at 4 Wing Cold Lake in Alberta in June resulted in an investigation to look for any problems with the training aircraft.

Student pilots have been in the classroom ever since, waiting for the all-clear to resume flying.

As a result, Bombardier spokeswoman Haley Dunne says the company has issued temporary layoff notices to some of their staff at both 15 Wing in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and 4 Wing Cold Lake.

She says as soon as the Hawks are back in the air, staff will be brought back.

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Dunne says out of their nearly 230 employees in Alberta and Saskatchewan, less than 50 have been laid off.