Cargo plane goes off runway at Halifax Stanfield Wednesday morning

747 cargo jet goes off runway at Halifax airport

Cargo plane goes off runway on landing in Halifax, sending five crew to hospital

Runways have been reopened but flight delays persist after a 747 cargo plane skidded off the runway just after 5am on the morning of November 7, 2018 near the eastern city of Halifax.

She said the four crew on board Flight KKE 4854 were taken to hospital with what she believed to be minor injuries.

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

She said the plane went off the end of runway 32, the airport's secondary runway.

While it's the shorter of the two runways at the airport, cargo flights arrive and depart from there on a regular basis, she said.

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.

Two of the engines also appeared to be heavily damaged with the two other engines completely sheared off. The underside of the plane appeared to be cracked and heavily damaged.

An aluminum ladder trailed from an open main door near the front of the aircraft.

The airport resumed operations three hours after the accident but dozens of flights were delayed or cancelled.

Halifax fire deputy chief Roy Hollett said crews dug a trench around the plane to guard against a fuel leak.

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

No one from SkyLease was immediately available for comment. Certain roads around the airport have also been closed while investigations are carried out. The inaugural flight from Halifax was greeted with a water cannon salute on arrival in Changsha, the capital of China's Hunan province.

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

A cargo plane has skidded off a runway in Canada.

The Transportation Safety Board found that fatigue and inadequate software training led the MK Airlines crew to enter incorrect information and caused the plane to set the throttles too low.

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