Air Canada crash landing leaves 23 injured

Air Canada crash landing leaves 23 injured

More than 20 passengers of an Air Canada Airbus A320 were admitted to hospital after it crash landed in snow at Halifax international airport in Nova Scotia.

The airline confirmed that 23 passengers and crew sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to local hospitals for observation and treatment.

All but one have since been been released from hospital following the incident in the early hours of Sunday morning local time.

The A320, flying from Toronto and carrying 133 passengers and five crew, was “involved in an incident upon landing at Halifax International,” the carrier said.

Local reports suggested the aircraft struck a power pylon after touching down short of the runway and skidding to a halt

The nose cone and an engine detached and a wing was severely damaged, according to local CBC News.

The airline’s chief operating officer Klaus Goersch said: "We at Air Canada are greatly relieved that no one was critically injured, yet we fully appreciate this has been a very unsettling experience for our customers and their families, as well as our employees, and we are focused on caring for all those affected.

“We will also fully cooperate with the Transportation Safety Board as it begins an investigation to determine the cause.”


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