TORONTO (AP) – A jetliner carrying 309 people skidded off a runway while landing in a thunderstorm Tuesday, sliding into a ravine and breaking into pieces, but remarkably everyone aboard survived by jumping to safety in the moments before the plane burst into flames.
Twenty-four people suffered minor injuries in the 4:03 p.m. crash landing of Air France Flight 358 from Paris – the first time an Airbus A340 had crashed in its 13 years of commercial service.
The plane, carrying 297 passengers and 12 crew, overshot the runway by 200 yards at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, said Steve Shaw, a vice president of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority
The aircraft skidded down a slope into a wooded area next to one of Canada’s busiest highways, and some survivors said that passengers scrambled up to the road to catch rides with passing cars.
It’s simply amazing every single person aboard that plane survived.