Cargo plane goes off runway on landing in Halifax

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 8, 2018

Officials at Stanfield International Airport near Halifax activated their emergency operations centre early Wednesday morning after a 747 cargo jet went off the end of a runway.

Airport spokesperson Theresa Rath Spicer said the Sky Lease Cargo plane coming from Chicago was making a scheduled landing to pick up live lobster and then fly to China.

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

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 engines also appeared to be heavily damaged with the two other engines completely sheared off.

The landing gear was not visible and the nose of the white aircraft sustained moderate damage, but the underside of the plane appeared to be cracked and heavily damaged.

Several fire trucks and RCMP vehicles surrounded the damaged plane on what was a warm, misty day. "We have since reopened our main runway but our flight schedules continue to be impacted", Rath Spicer said.

Halifax fire deputy chief Roy Hollett said crews had dug a trench around the aircraft to guard against a fuel leak.

Board spokesman Chris Krepski said investigators will examine the aircraft and surrounding terrain, interview possible witnesses and crew members and take possession of the flight data recorders.

Two other planes have crashed while attempting takeoff or landing at the Halifax airport since 2004.

In August, Stanfield airport announced SkyLease Cargo was operating two flights a week for First Catch, a Chinese-owned seafood freight forwarding company. 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.

It said SkyLease's 747-400 aircraft had the capacity to carry up to 120 tonnes of Nova Scotia seafood to China.

No one was immediately available at First Catch.

The new flights are also offered in partnership with locally owned and airport-based Gateway, which performs airport logistics and ground handling services at Halifax Stanfield.

The company wouldn't comment and said all media inquiries would be handled through the airport authority.

It's the third serious incident at Stanfield in 15 years, but Vance said Halifax is a modern, sophisticated, well-equipped and well-run airport. Air Canada Flight 624 bounced into the air and crashed near the runway threshold before careening along the tarmac.

On Oct. 14, 2004, a British-based MK Airlines 747 went down just beyond the runway during takeoff, killing seven crew members.

"We are following this issue carefully as we do with any incident to determine what safety lessons can be learned, such as any potential impact of fatigue given that this was an overnight operation", he said in an email.

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