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Mar 29, 2015

06:51:51 GMT--Vehicle Incident - North-America - Canada

EDIS Number: VIV-20150329-47537-CAN

Date / time: 29/03/2015 06:48:29 [UTC]

Event: Vehicle Incident

Area: North-America

Country: Canada

State/County: Province of Nova Scotia

Location: Halifax [Halifax International Airport]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Moderate


Early Sunday morning, an Air Canada Airbus A320 (C-FTJP)-operating flight 624 from Toronto to Halifax-clipped a power line and suffered a hard landing which is believed to have caused the aircraft to exit the runway. Additionally, power at the airport was knocked out for over an hour, but airport officials say that they cannot confirm if the power outage was caused by Air Canada flight 624. Air Canada says none of the 132 passengers and five crew members suffered any life threatening injuries. However, about four dozen passengers have suffered from minor injuries which are mostly cuts or bruises. Two dozen other passengers were taken to local hospitals for additional medical attention, but none of these injuries are life threatening. When Air Canada flight 624 began its approach, Halifax was dealing with low visibility, low ceilings, and high winds, and the aircraft entered a holding pattern for about 15 minutes at 9,000 feet while flying at 230-240 knots while waiting for clearance to land at Halifax International Airport. According to weather data from the METAR, Halifax's ATC most likely assigned the aircraft to land on runway 32 for landing; there are power lines located approximately 1,200 feet away from the edge of the runway. Embry-Riddle pilot, Nicolas Bernier, explains that it is possible that "Air Canada flight 624 was below the glide slope, which may have caused the airplane to strike the power lines with its main landing gear. If this happened, it's possible that the pilot may have pulled back on the sidestick while attempting to go around, or the airplane became unbalanced and suffered a hard landing." So far, there is no word on how significant the aircraft damage is, but a photo has surfaced that shows the left wing of the A320 being completely destroyed. It is likely the aircraft will be written off. Air Canada flight 624 is under investigation to determine the exact cause, and the airport is closed until at least early Sunday morning.

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