Key findings on Air Canada crash in Halifax

Investigation into crash that injured 25 finds no mechanical deficiencies with plane’s engines

Crew members work on the Airbus A320 that slid off a runway at the end of Air Canada Flight 624 at Halifax Stanfield Airport in Enfield, Nova Scotia

(The Canadian Press)

HALIFAX — Some key findings from a preliminary report by the Transportation Safety Board into the crash in March of an Air Canada jet that hit the ground 200 metres short of a runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport:

— The Airbus 320-200 was correctly configured for landing and its air speed was consistent with a normal approach.

— No mechanical deficiencies were found with its engines, flight controls, landing gear and navigation systems.

— A review of the aircraft’s maintenance records found no discrepancies.

— At the time of the early-morning crash on March 29, the wind was gusting at 48 kilometres per hour, forward visibility was 1,600 metres amid drifting snow and vertical visibility was 91 metres.

— The board has yet to look into pilot training, experience and “human performance aspects.”

— The jet’s cabin floor was punctured from below in two places by “aircraft structure.”

— Of the 133 passengers and five crew members aboard Flight 624 from Toronto, 25 were injured in the crash.

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