“WestJet flight 248 from Toronto to Halifax experienced an incident yesterday morning when it departed the end of the runway after landing normally,” WestJet spokesperson Morgan Bell told USA TODAY in a statement. The airline worked with the Halifax Stanfield International Airport authority to deplane guests and crew from the aircraft using stairs. USA TODAY has reached out to Halifax Stanfield International Airport for more information.
“WestJet apologizes to our guests for this experience and worked directly with them to ensure their comfort during the situation, including providing water service while awaiting the arrival of the airstairs,” Bell continued. “Any guests who required hotel/meal/reaccommodation were also provided this as soon as possible.”
The situation was apparently “no big deal,” at least for some passengers.
“I just spoke with a couple of passengers who were onboard the Westjet flight that slid off the runway at Halifax Airport. They say it just felt like a bumpy landing and described it as ‘no big deal!'” Cory McGraw of CTV Atlantic wrote on Twitter.
Still, WestJet canceled several flights as a result of the incident, according to the airline’s Twitter account. Canada’s Transportation Safety Board will be conducting an investigation, according to WestJet.
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