TSB officials to update investigation into plane skidding off Halifax runway

Global News will be live-streaming the Transportation Safety Board of Canada news conference at 11:30 a.m. AT. 

Federal officials are expected to shed some light today on their investigation into why a Boeing 747 cargo plane skidded off an airport runway in Halifax.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is providing a briefing this morning at a hotel near the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, where a SkyLease Cargo plane slid off Runway 14 early Wednesday morning.

The four crew on board were sent to hospital with what were believed to be minor injuries, while the plane was extensively damaged.

Airport spokeswoman Theresa Rath Spicer said Flight KKE 4854 was arriving from Chicago in rainy conditions, and scheduled to be loaded with live lobster destined for China.

Aviation analyst and former safety board investigator Larry Vance says it appears the plane was landing with a strong tailwind – something he called an “immediate red flag.”

A team of Transportation Safety Board investigators arrived at the airport Wednesday to examine the aircraft and surrounding terrain, interview possible witnesses and crew members and take possession of the plane’s recorders.

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