Cargo plane goes off runway on landing in Halifax

A Sky Lease Cargo plane skidded off a runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and stopped near a road early on Nov. 7 2018

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is providing a briefing this morning at a hotel near the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, where a SkyLease Cargo plane slid off Runway 14 early Wednesday morning.

The crew of five onboard were removed by fire crews and taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Rath Spicer said the accident happened at the end of Runway 32.

The plane came to a stop less than 50 metres from a fence separating the airfield from Old Guysborough Road, a public two-lane road.

Two of the panes engines were sheared off and the other two were heavily damaged.

The nose of the white aircraft showed moderate damage. The underside of the plane appeared to be bent and cracked.

An aluminum ladder trailed from an open main door near the front of the aircraft. Four flights were diverted and the airport's website was reporting delays and cancellations for both arriving and departing flights Wednesday morning.

Officials said the flight had been travelling from Chicago to Halifax before the incident occurred, CTV Atlantic's Natasha Pace reported Wednesday.

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District chief Gord West said the Halifax fire department responded to assist the airport's fire unit. CBC meteorologist Ryan Snoddon said there were also fog patches at about 5:15 a.m. and some water on the runway, with 23 mm of rain falling between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., then 5 mm between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Larry Vance, an aviation analyst and accident investigator who spent 25 years with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said it appears the plane was landing with a strong tailwind - something he called an "immediate red flag".

It said SkyLease's 747 aircraft had the capacity to carry up to 120 tonnes of Nova Scotia seafood to China.

As well, Old Guysborough Road has been closed to local traffic between Oldham Road and Grove Road as part of the RCMP's investigation into the incident.

No one from SkyLease was immediately available for comment.

Officials with First Catch refused to comment on Wednesday.

At least four people were injured.

A cargo plane has skidded off a runway in Canada. Federal investigators blamed approach procedures, poor visibility and lighting. The Boeing cargo aircraft dragged its tail before breaking up and bursting into flames in a wooded area.

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