Air Canada jet makes ‘hard landing’ in Nova Scotia

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(CNN) – An Air Canada jet came off the runway during its landing early Sunday at an airport in the eastern city of Halifax, officials said.

“It was a hard landing, and the aircraft left the runway,” said Peter Spurway, a spokesman for Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Nova Scotia, where the plane landed.

No major injuries have been reported from the incident, and all of those on board were able to get off the plane. But Air Canada said in a statement that 23 people had been taken to the hospital for observation and treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The aircraft, an Airbus A320, was damaged, Spurway said, without giving further details. “It is off the runway now,” he said.

Video distributed by CNN partner CTV Network appeared to show the plane stationary, with part of the nose missing and a nick in one wing. The video also showed a downed power line and damage to a small airfield tower.

Air Canada Flight 624 left Toronto late Saturday for Halifax. Air Canada said the passenger list indicates the plane had 133 passengers and five crew members on board.

Heavy snow was reported at the time of the landing, but Spurway said it was unclear if that had played a role in the accident.

Scott Murray told CNN partner CBC News that he was waiting at the airport for his father, who was on the flight. He said his father had called to say that “the plane crashed and he’s all right.”

Air Canada said it would cooperate fully with authorities’ investigation into what happened.

The airport also lost its electricity supply for part of the night.

“Power is out at HFX airport,” tweeted CBC reporter Chris Ensing. “Pitch black with exit lights on. Blowing snow.”

Nova Scotia Power tweeted later that it had restored power to the airport.