No deaths have been reported after an Air France passenger jet skidded off the end of the runway and burst into flames after landing…
No deaths have been reported after an Air France passenger jet skidded off the end of the runway and burst into flames after landing at Toronto`s Pearson International Airport, an airline statement quoting the local Air France chief in Toronto said according to the French press agency AFP.
The jet skidded off the end of the runway and burst into flames after landing in a thunder storm at Toronto`s Pearson International Airport.
Steve Shaw of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority said there were no known fatalities among the 297 passengers and 12 crew aboard the packed plane. All aboard were evacuated before the fire took hold, he said. Witnesses said the plane was cut in two and at least two fireballs were seen coming from the debris after the crash.
Survivors from an Air France jet crash at Toronto airport on Tuesday have been taken to local hospitals, a fire service captain told CNN television.
Captain David Sheen of the Toronto Fire Service said he had been told survivors had been taken to hospitals but was unable to say how many were involved or give other details.
The long haul A340 jet overshot the runway and crashed into trees and bushes in a gully that separates the airport perimeter from a busy highway.
Thick flames and black smoke billowed from the jet and fire crews were at the scene but there were no immediate details on casualties.
An Air France spokesman in Montreal said the carrier had put a crisis team in place.
The incident occurred when there were heavy thunder storms across the region. The airport had suspended departures and arrivals for a while because of the storm.
A witness, Corey Marks, told CNN he saw the jet land and get into trouble at about 4:00pm (2000 GMT). It was getting really dark and all of a sudden lightning was happening, there was a lot of rain coming down, he said. And this plane — I didn`t see the size of the plane but it was an Air France plane — came in on the runway. Everything looked and sounded good. It hit the runway nice and all of a sudden, we heard his engines backing up.
Marks added that the jet went straight into the valley and cracked in half. Whatever you`re seeing now, you`re probably seeing the back end of the plane because it`s way down in there.
Two of us that were standing here, we were about to run over and try to help, but it went up in such flames. Marks said he saw two fireballs come from the plane.
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