UPDATE: Air Canada plane leaves runway on landing

The Transportation Saftey Board is investigating an incident at Pearson International Airport.

Air Canada Flight 623 left the runway while landing Friday night.

The plane had 118 people on board and was arriving from Halifax.

Reports from the scene indicate that the plane had some damage to its rear landing gear following the incident and was covered in mud.

“Our focus was our passengers that were quickly bused to the airport and met by and tended to by a team of Air Canada employees and managers. We have provided them with hotel accommodations and limousines for those wishing to head home,” Air Canada said in its statement issued early Saturday morning. “We are relieved that no injuries have been reported. Their luggage will be delivered once maintenance and the authorities have finished reviewing events.”

No one was injured but one passenger, who spoke with CP24 after disembarking from the aircraft, said it was a traumatic experience.

“It was a lot of noise and a lot of bumping and we hit very, very hard and very rapidly,” one passenger told CP24. “The only instruction we got was ‘Stay seated, stay seated.’ That was it. It was very strange.

Julie Leroux, TSB spokesperson, says the aircraft will be moved to a hangar at the airport to be examined.

Leroux adds that the investigators will ask for the flight data recorder, also known as a black box, as well as examine weather conditions, and conduct interviews with passengers and Air Canada.

Pearson says flights arriving and departing haven't been affected.


With files from CP24 and The Canadian Press