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747 cargo jet overshoots runway in Halifax, NS

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5 hours ago, Bass_Head said:

A Sky Lease 747 cargo plane landing in Halifax from Chicago overshot the runway shortly after 5am this morning, coming to a stop only about 50 meters from a public road. The four crew members on board were taken to hospital with minor injuries. 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/halifax-airport-landing-747-1.4895103

 

Why would they close the runway. All they have to do is look at the plane, write it off then get it somehow toed out of there. There is no need for a big investigation. If the plane were to stay there, planes could easily land and take off with srill lots of clearance between it and the 747. I know this may cause safety concerns but empty the plane of its fuel then reopen the runway. 

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7 hours ago, Thomasw said:

Why would they close the runway. All they have to do is look at the plane, write it off then get it somehow toed out of there. There is no need for a big investigation. If the plane were to stay there, planes could easily land and take off with srill lots of clearance between it and the 747. I know this may cause safety concerns but empty the plane of its fuel then reopen the runway. 

Because an investigation is required to figure out what went wrong.  Not to mention there's another (longer) operable runway they're able to use without affecting operations. 

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On 11/7/2018 at 11:35 PM, Thomasw said:

Why would they close the runway. All they have to do is look at the plane, write it off then get it somehow toed out of there. There is no need for a big investigation. If the plane were to stay there, planes could easily land and take off with srill lots of clearance between it and the 747. I know this may cause safety concerns but empty the plane of its fuel then reopen the runway. 

Safety concerns because of the position of the aircraft may be part of it but there are other aspects to consider.  First and foremost is the necessary investigation.  Also inspecting the runway for debris that could put other aircraft at risk.  Repairs to any runway infrastructure that may have been damaged like lighting or ILS equipment to ensure the runway is safe to return to operation.

As far as the investigation goes this is not a little fender bender on the expressway.  Aviation investigation is a thorough and lessons learned from every event inform safety improvements.  The runway may or may not have clues to help investigate the cause of the accident such as skid marks, debris or even parts that have fallen off the aircraft.  That possible evidence needs to be preserved until investigators arrive and assess it.  This rigor is why there are so few accidents and accidents with fatalities in recent years compared to decades past.

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