Clark and her husband, Randy Hall, were on Air Canada flight 624 from Toronto when officials say it hit an antenna array March 29 on the approach to the Halifax runway that ripped off its landing gear, resulting in what’s officially called a “hard landing.”
“We crash-landed, there’s no doubt about it,” Clark said March 30. “When you have a bump … you don’t lose your wheels.”
A computer consultant, Clark said she flies to Ottawa for work weekly but had to postpone her Monday trip for another seven days.
“The more I talk about it, the more I’m getting my guts up to get back on a plane Monday,” Clark said from her Mount Uniacke home.
Clark said their return from vacation in Mexico Saturday night was fine until they were told conditions were bad in Halifax, and they would need to circle until visibility improved.
As they descended just after midnight, Clark said she felt the plane clip a pole and then a hard bang as the plane landed. She was jostled hard and felt the seatbelt dig into her as she hit her head on the overhead compartment.
Clark said Hall told her to keep her head down for protection, but watched the wheels break off the plane as it bounced into the air. When it landed again, the engine came off and Hall saw the wing “in pieces” as they slid for 30 seconds along the tarmac.
“That’s when the screaming started,” Clark said.…
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