Cargo plane overshoots Halifax runway
HALIFAX — Federal investigators have arrived in halifax to piece together why a boeing 747 cargo plane skidded off an airport runway Wednesday, leaving a trail of debris and sending four crew to hospital.
The skylease Cargo jet overshot runway 14 just after 5 a.m. — the third serious incident at halifax stanfield International airport in 15 years, following crashes in 2004 and 2015.
airport spokeswoman Theresa rath spicer said Flight KKE 4854 was arriving from Chicago in rainy conditions, and scheduled to be loaded with live lobster destined for China.
“It did land and then overshot the runway,” rath spicer said Wednesday. “There were four crew on board at the time. They were removed from the aircraft and transported to hospital with what are described as minor injuries.”
she said it wasn’t clear what caused the accident.
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.”
“Normally airplanes take off and land into the wind, that’s just a standard procedure that’s been going on since the Wright brothers,” he said.
While it’s possible to land with a tailwind, vance said there would be little room for “deviations” such as a high airspeed or delayed touchdown.
another potential factor could have been the rainy conditions, he said. “It takes longer to stop on a wet runway. It could be they got into a situation we call hydroplaning.”
a team of Transportation safety board investigators arrived at the airport Wednesday to gather information and assess the incident.
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.
vance said investigators will examine whether there were any mechanical issues with the plane — in particular with the breaking system or reverse thrusters.
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.
officials with skylease weren’t available for comment Wednesday.