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Air transportation safety investigation A18A0085

Updated in July 2020: This ongoing investigation is in the report phase.

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Runway overrun

Halifax/Stanfield International Airport
Halifax, Nova Scotia

The occurrence

On , at about 0505 Atlantic Standard Time (AST), a Sky Lease Cargo Boeing 747 overran Runway 14 of the Halifax/Stanfield International Airport. The aircraft came to rest off the end of the runway. There were 4 crew members on board. The TSB is investigating.

What we know

Progress to date

The investigation team has conducted the following information-gathering work:

The TSB announced they have released the occurrence site on 10 November 2018. Components will be recovered during clean-up for further examination at the TSB Engineering Lab in Ottawa, Ontario.

Next steps

In the coming days and weeks, investigators will do the following:

Communication of safety deficiencies

Aircraft accident investigations are complex and the TSB will take the time it needs to complete a thorough investigation. However, should we uncover safety deficiencies that present an immediate risk, we will communicate them without delay.

It is important not to speculate or draw conclusions about the causes of occurrences. Several factors usually contribute to an accident.


Media materials

Deployment notice

2018-11-07

TSB deploys a team of investigators to a runway overrun at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Nova Scotia

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to a runway overrun at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Nova Scotia. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

Video

2018-10-29

Runway overruns and runway incursions on TSB Watchlist 2018


Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Investigator-in-charge

Austin Adams joined the TSB’s Air Investigations Branch as a Senior Investigator, Atlantic Region, in September 2017. Prior to that, he worked as a turboprop training pilot at Transport Canada’s Aircraft Services Directorate in Ottawa. He also held various supervisory roles in flight operations, from Chief Pilot to manager of flight training, and has been an Approved Check Pilot for many years.

Mr. Adams has more than 13 800 hours of experience flying with commercial air carriers. He has flown a variety of aircraft including the Dash 8 Q400, Saab 340, Beech 1900 and King Air. He is an active member of the Cadet Instructors Cadre as a Captain and has been involved with the Air Cadet gliding program for more than 20 years as an instructor, tow pilot, and flight safety officer.


Photos

Du côté devant le Boeing 747-400F en cause à l’aéroport international Stanfield d'Halifax (Nouvelle-Écosse) Devant du Boeing 747-400F en cause à l’aéroport international Stanfield d'Halifax (Nouvelle-Écosse) Côté du Boeing 747-400F en cause à l’aéroport international Stanfield d'Halifax (Nouvelle-Écosse) Du côté derrière le Boeing 747-400F en cause à l’aéroport international Stanfield d'Halifax (Nouvelle-Écosse) Terrain derrière le Boeing 747-400F en cause à l’aéroport international Stanfield d'Halifax (Nouvelle-Écosse)

  Download high-resolution photos from the TSB Flickr page.

Class of investigation

This is a class 2 investigation. These investigations are complex and involve several safety issues requiring in-depth analysis. Class 2 investigations, which frequently result in recommendations, are generally completed within 600 days. For more information, see the Policy on Occurrence Classification.

TSB 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.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates air, marine, pipeline, and rail transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.