Wreckage of Air Canada plane removed from runway after crash in Halifax

HALIFAX — An airport official says the wreckage of an Air Canada plane that crashed in Halifax on Sunday has been removed from the runway.

Spokeswoman Ashley Gallant says the battered wreck of Flight 624 was taken off the tarmac at Halifax Stanfield International Airport sometime overnight.

Gallant says that means it can be inspected to determine if the landing strip needs any work before being reopened to air traffic.

The removal comes a day after the Transportation Safety Board said it had finished its examination of the site where the plane slammed into the ground and then skidded down the runway.

The board says it will maintain possession of the aircraft for further examination as it investigates what happened.

The Airbus A320 was flying from Toronto when it touched down 335 metres short of the runway and skidded on its belly for another 335 metres before coming to a stop.

All 133 passengers and five crew on board survived, although 25 people were sent to hospital.

The Canadian Press

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