A little over a week after the 2017 Norseman festival the Red Lake townsite and Howey bay was hit by a strong hailstorm that left significant damage in its wake. Flypast Norseman CF-ZMX and CF-KAO along with Chimo Air’s other Norseman CF-JIN were punctured at the docks as the hailstones pummelled them. The storm was localized and arrived suddenly, leaving everyone surprised. DRD, on its pedestal nearby, also was damaged and repairs will likely necessitate it being removed from the pedestal at considerable time, expense and labour.
Initial reports indicate ZMX, having received the least damage, is now being fixed. The futures for KAO and JIN are less certain and there is a possibility that one or both may have reached the end of their flying days. From a purely business standpoint, the cost of repairs versus future useful income needs to be analyzed and make economic sense. As more information becomes available the blog will be updated as to their status.