Flying is the scariest at two points, the takeoff, and the landing. While it’s pretty easy to forget you're travelling thousands of feet in the air when you’re watching your in-flight movie, one Toronto plane had quite the scare on Sunday.  

People aboard a WestJet plane travelling from Toronto experienced some scary sliding on Sunday after their Boeing 737-800 skidded off the runway after landing at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in snowy conditions.

WestJet issued a statement shortly after 3:00 p.m., confirming that all passengers and crew members had exited the plane safely.

In total, seven crew members and 172 passengers were aboard WestJet 248 when the accident occurred.

The airline reported that an investigation into the incident had been launched while noting that the plane appeared to land normally before leaving the runway shortly after 12:00 p.m.

"We'll obviously look into what happened in the incident of this particular aircraft, and take any learnings that we can into account," explained Tiffany Chase, spokesperson for Halifax International Airport Authority.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada also released its own statement confirming that it has sent an investigative team to Halifax to collect information on the situation.

According to one of the passengers on board, passengers were able to exit the plane and get transported back to the airport in coaches that carried around 20 people each. 

WestJet added that it's working with the airport authority to ensure people can access their luggage as soon as possible.

Passenger Eric Wynne told CBC that the flight crew managed to keep people calm throughout the entire ordeal. "The pilots did an awesome job," Wynne said.

"When we approached the runway, there was a bit of rocking side to side due to wind, but I didn't expect to run off the end of the runway," he added.

Ontario weather conditions are expected to make travelling difficult this week.

The GTA is expected to be hit by flurries on Monday with light snowfall expected to persist for central and eastern Ontario through the evening.


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