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 five on board were removed by fire crews and taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries. Airport spokesperson Theresa Rath Spicer said the Sky Lease Cargo plane 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. The deputy chief for Halifax Fire said fortunately the jet was not on fire and crews were attending the scene in a support role along with airport fire crews.
Rath Spicer said the accident happened at the end of Runway 32. 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 have had a number of flights either arrive or depart, but the flight schedules continue to be significantly impacted,” Rath Spicer said in an interview.