A Boeing 747 cargo plane slipped off the runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in the Canadian east coast province of Nova Scotia, Wednesday after landing in a strong tail wind.
Four crew members were sent to the hospital with minor injuries after the 5.15am incident in which the Skylease Cargo aircraft descended 210 meters from Runway 14, crashed into a large localized antenna, two of its four engines had been torn down and caught on fire. shot under the tail.
One witness said that the damage to the plane was rather crazy to see & # 39 ;, because it was located 50 meters from the gate that marks the airport's parameter.
A Boeing 747 glides off runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Canada
The incident happened in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The nose of the white plane showed moderate damage
The bottom of the plane seemed to be cracked and badly damaged
The nose of the white plane showed moderate damage. The bottom of the plane seemed to be cracked and badly damaged.
& # 39; The engines were torn off and the wings were broken off. And it looked like it was broken halfway the plane, "John Fudge said.
He saw the plane before the authorities closed the nearby road and walked down an aluminum ladder behind the front door.
Rescuers work in the area where a SkyLease Cargo plane slips off a runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and early on a road near a road stopped
The airport activated its emergency operations center and stopped all flights after the 747 cargo plane was dropped off the runway
Flight KKE 4854 arrived from Chicago and would be loaded with live lobsters before they would leave for China
Flight KKE 4854 arrived from Chicago and would be loaded with live lobsters before they would leave for China.
When an investigation began with the investigation of the plane, the surrounding terrain and flight records, it was noted that the rain conditions & # 39; an instant red flag & # 39; goods.
Larry Vance, an aviation analyst and accident investigator who spent 25 years at the Canada Transportation Safety Board, said the rugged weather has lagged behind no room for deviation – this can include landing with high air velocity or postponing the landing.
& # 39; It takes longer to stop on a wet runway. It may be that they ended up in a situation that we call aquaplaning & # 39 ;, said the Canadian press in a press conference.
While the airport canceled flights immediately after the incident, the main course was reopened at 8.00 am on the same day.
"I believe it was the pilot's request to use (but use) that job, but that is for the time being," said lead researcher Austin Adams in a hotel near the airport Thursday.
Austin Adams, the Transportation Safety Board researcher, will give a briefing on Thursday on a SkyLease Cargo plane at Halifax Stanfield International Airport
The same airport has had two crashes in recent years, but on another runway.
On 14 October 2004, seven crew members were killed after an MK Airlines 747 dragged its tail and went up in flames during a takeoff in a wooded area.
Insufficient software and lack of training were mentioned as a cause.
On March 29, 2015, 25 people were injured after a passenger plane from Air Canada 624 crashed at the runway threshold when it attempted to take off in a blizzard.
Poor visibility and lighting would be factors that cause the aircraft to bounce in the air and travel along the asphalt when approaching.
The airport spokesperson, Theresa Rath Spicer, assured that there were no blatant security issues at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
& # 39; We are very proud of our safety record, & # 39; she said. "Safety is obviously our number 1 priority and we are now focused on resuming our operations, ensuring the safety of our passengers and working with the officers to determine how we can help with the investigation. & # 39;
Spokesman Theresa Rath Spicer assured that there were no blatant security issues at Halifax Stanfield International Airport (photo)