Mon, Feb 18, 2008
Spokesman Says Airliner "Exited Beyond" Runway
None of the 94 people onboard a Boeing 737 were injured Sunday
night, when their WestJet flight slid off a slick runway at Ottawa
Flight 846, inbound from Calgary, touched down shortly before
2300 local time Sunday, and apparently ran off the runway. The
aircraft came to rest in a ditch off the runway end, the 737's nose
resting on a snowbank.
There were "no injuries whatsoever," Ottawa Airport
communications VP Krista Kealey told the Ottawa Citizen.
Freezing rain fell in the area throughout Sunday, and witnesses
say the area where the plane came to rest was extremely icy.
WestJet spokesman Richard Bartrem did not confirm the obvious
conclusion, that the plane slid off an icy runway. He acknowledged
the plane "exited beyond" the runway (that's one for the
euphemism hall-of-fame -- Ed.) and said it
was too early to say what caused the incident.
"We are looking into it of course," said Bartrem.
Passengers were offloaded from the stricken airliner, and
transported to the terminal via buses.
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