25 taken to hospital after plane makes 'abrupt' landing

2015-03-29 10:56
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Halifax – Twenty-five people are receiving treatment in hospital after an Air Canada plane made an "abrupt" landing and left the runway at the Halifax airport in bad weather, and officials said early on Sunday.

Officials said at least 25 people were taken to a hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries.

The airline said a preliminary count showed Flight AC624 from Toronto had 132 passengers and five crew members.

"We are thankful no serious injuries have been reported," Halifax Stanfield International Airport tweeted. The airport said its airfield remained closed.

Airport spokesperson Peter Spurway said the aircraft touched down in stormy conditions.

"It came down pretty hard and then skidded off the runway," Spurway said. He said he didn't know whether runway conditions played a role.

The Halifax region is currently under a snowfall warning, with an Environment Canada alert saying, "Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow."

Power went off at the airport, which meant an emergency response centre had to be moved to a nearby hotel, Spurway said.

The cause of the outage was not clear, but Nova Scotia Power said they had since restored service.

Flight tracking service FlightAware showed that the plane is an AirbusA320.

Another flight tracking site, Flightradar24, listed several cancelled flights at the airport Sunday morning.

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