Judge rules Air Canada Flight 624 victims can sue Transport Canada
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
A judge at theSupreme Court yesterday ruled victims of can sue over the crash, which injured more than twenty.
The action alleges Transport Canada was liable for a failure to enforce regulations under the class action against all defendants.. The authority is accused of failure to install an on the airport's main runway. According to Ray Wagner, lawyer for the plaintiffs, the authority's responsibility for safety gear — including navigational systems at the airport — was behind Justice Denise Boudreau's ruling certifying the
Transport Canada is the airport's former owner-operator.
Last year's crash saw the domestic flight from Toronto, carrying 133 passengers and five crew, hit the ground short of Runway 05 at . The jet ran 225 metres over the ground, hitting antennas, before sliding more than 500 metres along the runway. The aircraft was written off.
Suing passengers allege they waited exposed in blizzard conditions for 50 minutes before being moved to a cold hangar. The airport's terminal suffered an unexpected loss of power shortly after the crash.
The other defendants did not oppose yesterday's ruling certifying the case against them. They are Air Canada, the airport's authority, owner and operator of Canada's civil airspace navigation service Airbus., and aircraft manufacturer
In April last year, days after the accident, Air Canada sent victims cheques for5,000 each. Wagner at the time called it "a gratuity" that "certainly doesn't cover anywhere close to the losses," saying injuries included "deep psychological injuries."
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