25 injured after Air Canada flight leaves runway during Nova Scotia landing
An Air Canada flight went off the runway early Sunday at the Stanfield International Airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Flight AC624 was an Airbus A320 with 133 passengers and five crew members, Air Canada said in a news release. Twenty-five people were taken to the hospital for observation and treatment, an airport official said.
A passenger told reporters that when the plane was landing, there was suddenly “a big flash” followed by two loud banging noises as the plane hit the ground, according to video posted by a CBC News reporter on his Twitter account.
Wintry conditions were in the area at the time of the 12:43 a.m. ADT incident, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Mike Doll said.
“There was poor visibility with snow,” Doll said.
It had been snowing most of Saturday into Sunday morning in Halifax, Doll said.
Visibility was down to 1.2 kilometers (0.75 mile) with snow at midnight ADT Sunday, Doll said. Winds were gusty, causing blowing snow in the area.
Electricity was interrupted for about 110 customers around the airport, but Nova Scotia Power said on its website that power has since been restored.
The flight was on its way to Halifax from Toronto. The airport was temporarily closed as a result of the incident.
Canadian aviation investigators have been notified and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Halifax Regional Police were assisting airport officials, airport spokesman Peter Spurway said at an early morning news conference. Accuweather