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May 14, 2008 | General

Edmonton – At approximately 8PM on the evening of Thursday, May 11/2000 Edmonton Airports Emergency Response Services responded to runway 02/20 (north runway) to assist Air Canada flight 234 which came to an emergency stop after the pilot rejected takeoff.

The aircraft involved is a DC9 that was destined from Edmonton International Airport to Winnipeg International Airport. The 86 passengers and five crewmembers onboard were uninjured.

The aircraft was accelerating when for reasons now under investigation by the transportation Safety Board of Canada, the pilot rejected takeoff and came to an emergency stop just past the end of the runway without further incident.

With the assistance of Edmonton Airports Emergency Response Services, all 86 passengers and five crew members were deplaned normally with the use of transportable air stairs and bussed to the terminal building. As a precautionary measure ambulance services were deployed but no one onboard the aircraft required emergency medical assistance.

Approximately two hours later, Air Canada was able to provide transportation to Winnipeg for the affected passengers.

As per normal procedure, Transportation Safety Board officials responded to Edmonton International Airport to begin their investigation. Because of the final location of the aircraft involved, runway 02/20 remained closed overnight and this morning. However, EIA’s second runway remains open and other scheduled and charter flights are not impacted.

· For additional information regarding the investigation please contact:
Harry Boyko-Senior Investigator / Transportation Safety Board of Canada at 780-495-2087.

· For additional information from Air Canada please contact:
Ms. Sandie Dexter, Manager of Corporate Communications at 604-643-5660.