Boeing 747 Cargo Jet Skids Off Runway At Canada's Halifax Airport

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

The airport activated its emergency operations centre and suspended all flights after the incident where the 747 cargo plane with five people on board went off the runway.

All four people on board survived and are being treated for minor injuries, Halifax Airport says.

Flights are delayed and cancelled at Halifax Stanfield International Airport after a cargo jet went off the runway during a landing Wednesday morning.

The plane wound up on a slight incline far off the runway, about 50 metres from a fence marking the airport perimeter.

Two of the panes engines were sheared off and the other two were heavily damaged.

Pictures on social media showed the hulking aircraft sitting on a grassy area, with a side door opened and its engines attached but resting on the ground.

The main runway was reopened by 8am. The airport's website was reporting delays and cancellations for both arriving and departing flights Wednesday morning.

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The plane was reported to be travelling from Chicago to Halifax. 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.

The company operating it, Sky Lease Cargo, has been carrying seafood from the eastern province of Nova Scotia for sale in China.

Rath Spicer said Runway 14/32 will remain closed "for some time" as the investigation into what happened is conducted.

Officials with SkyLease weren't available for comment Wednesday, while First Catch staffers refused to comment.

As well, Old Guysborough Road has been closed to local traffic between Oldham Road and Grove Road as part of the RCMP's investigation into the incident.

The airport said it handled 34,051 tonnes of cargo in 2017.

A team of Transportation Safety Board investigators arrived at the airport Wednesday to examine the aircraft and surrounding terrain, interview possible witnesses and crew members and take possession of the plane's recorders.

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