Cargo plane goes off runway on landing in Halifax

Emergency responders work the area where a SkyLease Cargo plane skidded off a runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and stopped near a road early on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Airport spokeswoman Theresa RathThe Associated Press
Emergency responders work the area where a SkyLease Cargo plane skidded off a runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and stopped near a road early on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Airport spokeswoman Theresa Rath Spicer said the SkyLease Cargo plane skidded off runway 32 just after 5 a.m., though it wasn't clear what caused the accident. "This happened upon landing at 5:15 this morning," she said in an interview. "At this time our airfield is closed." (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)

A Boeing 747 cargo plane has skidded off the runway while landing at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Canada's east coast province of Nova Scotia. Five crewmembers have been sent to hospital with minor injuries.

Airport spokeswoman Theresa Rath Spicer says the SkyLease Cargo plane went off Runway 32 just after 5 a.m. (4 a.m. EST) Wednesday. It's not clear what caused the accident.

The plane wound up on a slight incline far off the runway, about 50 meters (yards) from a fence marking the airport perimeter. Two engines were sheared off completely.

The nose of the white aircraft showed moderate damage. The underside of the plane appeared to be cracked and heavily damaged.

The main runway was reopened by 8 a.m. (7 a.m. EST)

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