United Express plane skids off runway in Ottawa

Sun Sep 4, 2011 7:36pm EDT
 
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By Jeffrey Hodgson

TORONTO (Reuters) - No one was injured when a United Express plane from Chicago carrying 44 passengers and three crew members skidded off the runway while landing in Ottawa Sunday afternoon.

All the passengers and crew members from United Express Flight 3363 left the plane and were taken to the airport terminal on a city bus, said Marc Messier, a spokesman for Ottawa Fire Services.

"When we arrived, they were pretty much all off the plane," he said, adding none of the passengers immediately requested medical attention.

Emergency crews sprayed foam on a large amount of fuel that had leaked from the plane, an Embraer ERJ 145, he said.

A Reuters photographer at the airport said the plane, still surrounded by emergency vehicles, was sitting off the runway and appeared to have a damaged right wing.

Trans States Airlines, the operating carrier of the flight, said in a statement that it "cannot speculate as to the cause of the incident," but it will provide more information as it becomes available.

Trans States Airlines also said it will be involved in the investigation, which is being lead by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

United Express flights are operated by various regional carriers working with United Continental Holdings.

(Additional reporting by Karin Matz in Chicago, Chris Wattie in Ottawa; Editing by Peter Cooney and Greg McCune)

 
<p>Workers take photographs of a United Express plane after it skidded off the runway at the Ottawa International Airport September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>