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Halifax: Cargo plane went off runway

Officials advise people check ahead on status of flights as operations ‘significantly impacted’

Officials at Stanfield International Airport near Halifax activated their emergency operations centre early Wednesday morning after a 747 cargo jet went off the end of a runway.

The crew of four on board were removed by fire crews and taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries. (Airport officials had earlier said it was a crew of five.)

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

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. The stretch between Oldham Road and Grove Road was closed to the public at around 9 a.m.