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IN PHOTOS: Air Canada plane skids off runway at Halifax airport

An aerial photo of the Air Canada crash at Halifax's Stanfield International Airport.
An aerial photo of the Air Canada crash at Halifax's Stanfield International Airport. (Vision Air Services Inc.)

HALIFAX – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has released new photos that show the damage to an Air Canada plane that skidded off the runway while landing at Halifax Stanfield International Airport early Sunday morning.

The photos, which are the first ones of the site released to be taken in daylight, show significant damage to the Airbus A320 airplane.

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(All photos courtesy Transportation Safety Board of Canada.)

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Significant damage to the plane’s nose and starboard wing is visible, and the engine under the wing appears to be destroyed.

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The plane made a hard landing as it skidded off a runway at the airport during a snowstorm.

An Air Canada flight that ran off the runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport early on Sunday.

Air Canada confirmed 23 passengers and crew were sent to hospital, but there were no serious injuries reported and 18 have since been released.

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An Air Canada flight that ran off the runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport early on Sunday.

AC624 had 133 passengers and five crew members on board. There are reports the plane hit a power line and then skidded, leading to a mass power outage at the airport. A direct link between the power outage and the “hard landing” have not been confirmed by airport officials.

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An Air Canada flight that ran off the runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport early on Sunday.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is due to conduct an investigation that will take months said Air Canada’s Chief Operating Officer, Klaus Goersch, during a news conference Sunday. He said the investigation will involve interviews with crew members and people within the company, although he declined to offer specifics.

An Air Canada flight that ran off the runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport early on Sunday.

Goersch confirmed the incident could technically be described as a crash because the plane did not reach its gate. He said he had never heard of a similar accident occurring previously with Air Canada.

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“It was safe to fly in this weather,” Goersch said. “The aircraft did circle for a period of time, but when the approach was initiated, the weather was at the approach minimums.”

Below are more images from the site at Halifax International Airport.

Randy Hall, left, and Lianne Clark, from Mount Uniacke, N.S. stand wait at an airport hotel after Air Canada flight 624 left the runway on landing at Stanfield International Airport in Halifax on Sunday, March. 29, 2015.
Randy Hall, left, and Lianne Clark, from Mount Uniacke, N.S. stand wait at an airport hotel after Air Canada flight 624 left the runway on landing at Stanfield International Airport in Halifax on Sunday, March. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Fire trucks and an airport shuttle are on the scene at the Halifax International Airport early Sunday March 29, 2015 after an Air Canada flight from Toronto made an abrupt landing and left the runway in bad weather.
Fire trucks and an airport shuttle are on the scene at the Halifax International Airport early Sunday March 29, 2015 after an Air Canada flight from Toronto made an abrupt landing and left the runway in bad weather. (AP Photo/Mike Magnus)
Air Canada flight 624 rests off the runway after landing at Stanfield International Airport in Halifax on Sunday, March. 29, 2015. Air Canada says 22 people were taken to hospital.
Air Canada flight 624 rests off the runway after landing at Stanfield International Airport in Halifax on Sunday, March. 29, 2015. Air Canada says 22 people were taken to hospital. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Klaus Goersch, right, Air Canada's chief operating officer, and spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick leave a news conference regarding flight AC624 that crashed early Sunday morning during a snowstorm, at Stanfield International Airport in Halifax.
Klaus Goersch, right, Air Canada's chief operating officer, and spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick leave a news conference regarding flight AC624 that crashed early Sunday morning during a snowstorm, at Stanfield International Airport in Halifax. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Air Canada flight 624 rests off the runway after landing at Stanfield International Airport in Halifaxon Sunday, March. 29, 2015. Air Canada says 22 people were taken to hospital.
Air Canada flight 624 rests off the runway after landing at Stanfield International Airport in Halifaxon Sunday, March. 29, 2015. Air Canada says 22 people were taken to hospital. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
An Air Canada plane is shown after skidding off a runway as it landed early Sunday, March 29, 2015 in a snowstorm in Halifax, an airport official said, sending 23 people to hospital after passengers described the jet sliding on its belly before it came to a stop.
An Air Canada plane is shown after skidding off a runway as it landed early Sunday, March 29, 2015 in a snowstorm in Halifax, an airport official said, sending 23 people to hospital after passengers described the jet sliding on its belly before it came to a stop. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Transportation Safety Board Canada

With files from Andrew Russell

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