3 injured on flight landing at Edmonton International Airport
Incident occured with a Q-400 aircraft from Calgary on its way to Grande Prairie
Three people were taken to hospital with minor injuries after an Air Canada plane bound for Grande Prairie, Alta. experienced a problem on a runway at Edmonton International Airport at 8:36. MT Thursday.
Airport spokeswoman Heather Hamilton confirmed a Q-400 aircraft had some kind of problem during landing.
The Air Canada flight 8481 left Calgary with 71 passengers and 4 crew members. While the plane was in the air, the pilot realized that a tire had blown. Strong crosswinds in Calgary meant the plane had to be diverted to Edmonton.
The plane made a smooth landing but then something went wrong, Hamilton said.
"It landed in Edmonton but then there was some incident shortly after it landed," she said. "And as a result of that, there were injuries to three passengers."
Hamilton said all passengers were taken off the plane and bused to the terminal.
Alberta Health Services spokesman Kerry Williamson said 11 ambulances were sent to the scene, but only three were needed.
A picture posted on Twitter show an Air Canada Express plane tilted on its side. The Q-400 is a twin-engine turbo-prop aircraft that can carry up to 74 people.
Fire and police crews were on the runway. The airport activated its emergency operations centre.
The Transportation Safety Board is dispatching a team to investigate.
With files from the CBC's Marion Warnica and Janice Johnston