2005
CANADA NEWS

'A miracle' no deaths as Air France flight skids off runway, burns in Toronto

from CBC.ca archives | Tue, 2 Aug 2005

More than 300 passengers and crew on board an Air France flight escaped from a fiery wreck when their plane skidded off the runway on Tuesday afternoon at Toronto's Pearson Airport.

Only 43 people received what were described as minor injuries.

The plane, an Airbus A340-300 was en route from Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport and landed in Toronto at 4:03 p.m. EDT. The weather at the time was severe, with high winds, heavy rain and lightning.

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Rescue crews trying to extinguish the flames

Rescue crews trying to extinguish the flames