Safety measures improved since jet slid on Halifax airport runway: TSB

Air Canada Flight 614 landed at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport the evening of March 4, 2019, but passengers say the Boeing 767 plane did a half-turn and slid off the tarmac and got stuck in the snow. (CTV Atlantic/Jim Kvammen)

A report by the Transportation Safety Board says improved runway safety measures have been made at Halifax Stanfield International Airport after an Air Canada passenger jet slid on a runway in blustery and icy conditions in March.

The report says Air Canada Flight 614 from Toronto landed on Runway 23 and began sliding as it slowed near a taxiway during braking, eventually rotating 180 degrees before coming to rest facing the wrong way.

None of the 211 passengers and 8 crew were injured, and there was no damage to the Boeing 767-375 aircraft.

The report stressed the importance of communication during bad weather events.

The TSB says a number of safety measures have been undertaken since the incident, including the installation in July of a next-generation weather information system, which doubles the number of sensors on the field.

Air Canada is also installing upgrades to its runway condition reporting system which will include options to ensure automatic updates of runway conditions.