Two runways are closed at St. John's International Airport after an Ilyushin 76 cargo plane from Prestwick, Scotland overshot the airport's primary runway 11/29.
The incident occurred around 4:20 p.m. The airport authority said it activated its emergency plan and its "well-trained and highly skilled emergency response team" is responding to the incident along with St. John’s Regional Fire Department, Eastern Health and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. The aircraft was carrying nine crew members but none required medical attention.
Two runways were closed to complete initial inspections and assessments. It's anticipated that the secondary runway will be open in about one hour for regular operations. Updates will be provided as information becomes available.
Passengers are advised to check with their airlines on the status of their flight prior to coming to the Airport.
According to the tail number on the aircraft, it's owned by Volga-Dnepr Airlines which announced in June that it added a fifth new IL-76TD-90VD cargo aircraft to its fleet.
The modernised 50 tonne-capacity freighter performed its first commercial flight in mid-June.
The plane was produced at the Chkalov Aviation Factory in Tashkent under the terms of a contract signed by OAK-Transport Aircraft and Volga-Dnepr Leasing during the Moscow Air Show in 2007.