Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Authorities to Release Investigation Report on 2015 Halifax Crash Landing

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Authorities to Release Investigation Report on 2015 Halifax Crash Landing

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Report on Halifax crash landing to be released


HALIFAX - Two years after an Air Canada jet crash-landed in a blizzard at Halifax's airport, injuring 25 people, the results of a Transportation Safety Board investigation will be released Thursday.

Flight 624 landed about 200 metres short of runway 05 at Halifax Stanfield International Airport shortly after midnight on March 29, 2015, as it approached in gusty winds and heavy snowfall.

The twin-engine Airbus 320-200 bounced into the air and crashed near the runway threshold before careening along the tarmac for another 570 metres. An engine and the plane's landing gear were ripped from the airframe amid a shower of sparks and leaking fuel.

The TSB said in a news release Tuesday that the report on what it terms a "collision with terrain" will be released at a news conference at a Halifax hotel.

Halifax lawyer Ray Wagner, who has launched a class action suit, said the report should offer insight into the dynamics between Nav Canada, the airport authority and what was taking place in the cockpit as the pilots planned their descent through harsh weather.

"All of that will be helpful in terms of sorting our the varying responsibilities for what happened," Wagner said in an interview.

"Any information that we can garner ... will be extremely helpful in terms of formulating the questions that we'll be asking the relevant parties."

In particular, Wagner said he is keen to learn how the pilots calculated their approach and what information they received about the prevailing weather conditions.

However, he said it's important to note that the board's findings will not assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

Late last year, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice certified Wagner's class action lawsuit that names Transport Canada, Air Canada, the Halifax International Airport Authority, Nav Canada and Airbus SAS, the French company that built the jet. …

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