Aviation investigation A12A0082

Runway overrun at St. John's International Airport in Newfoundland

The occurrence

An Ilyushin Il-76TD-90VD airplane was landing on runway 11 at the St. John's International Airport, Newfoundland, but did not stop within the runway length. The airplane overran the runway and came to rest in the grass overrun area. There was minor damage to the aircraft and no injuries to the crew of nine.

Runway overruns

The TSB has identified runway overruns and landing accidents as an issue on its Watchlist, which identifies the transportation safety issues that pose the greatest risk to Canadians. In each case, the TSB has found that actions taken to date are inadequate, and that industry and regulators need to take additional concrete measures to eliminate the risks.

Since the TSB first placed this issue on its Watchlist, the number of runway overruns and landing accidents every year has not significantly decreased. In 2010, there were 12 such accidents, and in 2011, there were 9.

For more information on runway overruns and landing accidents, visit the fact sheet.


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Map of the occurrence area

Transportation Safety Board investigation process

There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation:

  1. Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
  2. Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report.
  3. Report phase: a confidential draft report is approved by the Board and sent to persons and corporations who are directly concerned by the report. They then have the opportunity to dispute or correct information they believe to be incorrect. The Board considers all representations before approving the final report, which is subsequently released to the public.

For more information, see our Investigation process page.

Deployment notice

Gatineau, Quebec, 14 August 2012 - Transportation Safety Board of Canada deploys a team of investigators to a runway overrun at St. John's International Airport in Newfoundland

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