I spotted the following in Transport Canada daily incident reports, referring to a 727-200 freighter operated by Cargojet Airways, a Canadian cargo carrier with service to most major cities in Canada with a fleet of at least a dozen 727-200s, 2 767-200s and 1 757-200, plus quite a few smaller propeller types. Their hub is Hamilton, Ontario (YHM). The 727 hydroplaned off the end of a wet runway at Moncton, New Brunswick (YQM) at 3:10AM local time on March 24. Fortunately no injuries and apparently no aircraft damage.
At 06:10Z, CJT620, Boeing 727-200 cargo aircraft, enroute from Hamilton (CYHM) to Moncton (CYQM), hydroplaned off the end of Runway 06 at Moncton. There was no fire. The three crewmembers were not injured. The airport Crash Fire Rescue (CFR) was not available so the Dieppe fire department was called, arriving at approximately 06:30Z. The aircraft is stuck in the mud and will take some time to remove but there does not appear to be any damage to the aircraft. Runway 06 is NOTAM’ed closed until 13:00Z. TSB Evaluating.
Related news item. Airport manager is quoted saying, "our emergency response plan kicked in as it was supposed to."
What concerned me in the incident report is the reference to the airport firefighting service not being available and having to wait for a local fire department from a nearby suburb of Moncton to arrive 20 minutes after the incident. That doesn't seem like a very good "emergency response plan". I somehow thought airports handling aircraft as large as a 727 would have to have on-site fire/rescue services whenever aircraft were operating. Or do different rules apply for freighters or in the middle of the night? Most freighters of course operate at night.
Obviously, that could have been much more serious, for example if the aircraft had caught fire or hit something after leaving the runway, especially if it had been full of passengers.
Canada normally has very strict regulations and an excellent safety record, so I found it surprising that a large jet could land at a time when it took 20 minutes for fire/rescue services to reach the scene.
Just wondering what the official requirements are? YQM isn't a tiny airport, serving a metro area with a population of about 125,000. Unfortunately, they landed on the shortest of the 2 runways (6150 and 8000 ft.)