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Plane from Dulles skids off runway in Canada

6:20 p.m.The National Transportation Safety Board is sending investigators to Canada to assist with the inquiry into what happened when United Express Flight 8050 skidded off an Ottawa runway. NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman has designated air safety investigator John Lovell as the U.S. accredited representative.

The U.S. team, which is scheduled to arrive Thursday, will also include an NTSB flight operations specialist, an NTSB survival factors specialist, and technical advisers from the Federal Aviation Administration.

5:55 p.m. Update: CTV News now has video of the plane.

A CTV report says the pilot and co-pilot sustained minor injuries when the United Express plane from Dulles skidded off the runway at an Ottaway airport. A witness told CTV that it had been raining in Ottawa "most of the afternoon, the runway was very slick."

4:15 p.m. Update: According to United Airlines, Flight 8050's departure was delayed from Dulles due to the weather. The return flight to Dulles has been canceled.

Original post: The Canadian Press is reporting that United Express Flight 8050 skidded off the runway at Macdonald-Cartier International Airport in Ottawa.

According to the website of United Airlines, the flight departed Dulles International Airport almost 30 minutes late at 12:51 p.m. It landed in Ottawa at 2:31 and was scheduled to return to Dulles.

According to the Canadian Press report, 33 passengers and three crew did not suffer any serious injuries when the Embraer 145 landed and was evacuated. The plane is reported to be sitting off to the side of a runway at the Ottawa airport.

-- Staff and wire reports

By Michael Bolden  | June 16, 2010; 4:02 PM ET
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