All passengers survive Toronto plane crash
Tuesday, August 2, 2005
Today at 4:03 p.m. EDT (2003 UTC) Air France Flight 358, an Airbus A340 from Paris, crashed at the end of Runway 24L of Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Following flights to Toronto were diverted to airports in Ottawa and Winnipeg.
Over 3 dozen people who suffered non-life threatening injuries were treated at hospitals. There were 297 passengers and 12 crew onboard.
Speaking at a press conference, Steve Shaw of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority said "As far as we know at this stage the passengers were able to flee the aircraft before the fire broke out."
The plane skidded 200 m past the end of the runway, through barriers and into the wooded Etobicoke Creek ravine near Highway 401, then burst into flames. The runway was recently constructed, and is the shortest at the airport (9000 feet).
The last major crash of an airliner in North America was American Airlines Flight 587. There has never been a fatality in the 14 years since the Airbus A340 first flew.
- Associated Press. "No Fatalities in Toronto Plane Crash" — , August 3, 2005
- "Air France crash jet has "miracle" escape at Toronto airport" — , August 3, 2005
- Janet Guttsman. "All aboard survive Airbus Toronto crash" — , August 2, 2005
- "Press Release - Update" — , August 2, 2005
- Rob Gillies and Beth Duff-Brown, Associated Press.. "Passenger Jet Skids Off Toronto Runway" — , August 2, 2005
- "Jet Catches Fire After Skidding Off Runway At Toronto Airport" — , August 2, 2005
- "Passenger jet on fire at Toronto airport" — , August 2, 2005
- "Fire engulfs airliner in Toronto" — , August 2, 2005
- "Personal Video of the Plane Crash" — , August 2, 2005
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