Air Canada Flight 624
Date March 29, 2015
Summary Collision with terrain
Site Halifax International Airport, Halifax, Canada
Injuries (non-fatal) 23
Survivors 138 (all)
Aircraft type Airbus A320-211
Operator Air Canada
Flight origin Toronto Pearson International Airport, Toronto, Canada
Destination Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Halifax, Canada
Air Canada Flight 624 (AC624 / ACA624) was a scheduled domestic passenger flight from Toronto to Halifax. During heavy snow and poor visibility at 00:43 ADT (03:43 UTC) on March 29, 2015, the Airbus A320-211 performing the flight landed short of the runway and was severely damaged. The accident left the airport without electric power and it was consequently closed for a period of time and has since reopened. Twenty-three people were injured.
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Air Canada Flight 624 departed from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) bound for Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ). It was carrying 133 passengers and five crew. The Airbus A320 operating the flight, registration C-FTJP, touched down in a dirt clearing 335 metres (1,099 ft) before the threshold of runway 05, smashing through an antenna array causing the landing gear to separate from the aircraft, and hitting a power line that cut power to the airport, leaving the airport without electric power for about 90 minutes. The aircraft then climbed an embankment up to the runway level, skidded on its belly and stopped 335 metres (1,099 ft) past the threshold.
The aircraft was extensively damaged, with the loss of all three landing gear and port engine. The wings and tailplane were also damaged. Twenty-three passengers were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Both pilots were amongst those taken to hospital. All but one of those taken to hospital were released the same day. The weather at the time of the accident was described as "stormy". The loss of power to the airport may be due to the aircraft clipping transmission lines before the accident. Power was restored to the airport by 02:12 ADT.
The aircraft was an Airbus A320-211, equipped with two CFM56-5A1 engines. Its serial number was 233 and it first flew on July 10, 1991. It was owned by GECAS and leased to Air Canada. As a result of the accident, the aircraft was written off.
The Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation into the accident.
Accidents and incidents involving the Airbus A320 family
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Post-accident photos – TSBCanada on Flickr
Accident record at Aviation Safety Network