747 cargo jet goes off runway at Halifax airport

07 Nov 2018 | Canada
747 cargo jet goes off runway at Halifax airport

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.

The crew of four on board were removed by fire crews and taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries. (Airport officials had earlier said it was a crew of five.)                                                  

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

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.

Rath Spicer said the accident happened at the end of Runway 14/32 shortly after 5 a.m. The airfield was temporarily closed while a perimeter around the site was established, and then the main runway was allowed to reopen on a limited basis. The airport's website was reporting delays and cancellations for both arriving and departing flights Wednesday morning.

"We've had a number of flights either arrive or depart, however the flight schedules continue to be significantly impacted," Rath Spicer said in an interview.

"We're asking passengers to check with their airline as to their flight's status … At this point our operation is significantly impacted."

Rath Spicer said Runway 32 will remain closed "for some time" as the investigation into what happened is conducted.

Airport officials are continuing to provide updates on Twitter.

The deputy chief for Halifax Fire said the jet was not on fire and crews were attending the scene in a support role along with airport fire crews.