August 2, 2005

Plane misses runway, aflame at Toronto airport

TORONTO (Reuters) - An Air France plane was on fire after
apparently skidding off the runway at Toronto's Pearson
International Airport, aviation officials said on Tuesday.

A ticket agent in Montreal with Air France said the plane
was its AF358 flight from Paris to Toronto, an Airbus A340 .
"That's all we know," the agent said.

Witnesses told Canadian television stations that the plane,
configured for 252 passengers, had apparently skidded off the
runway after coming in to land in rainy conditions.

It was too early to say what might have caused the plane to
miss the end of the runway.

Live TV pictures showed smoke and flames coming from the
fuselage of the plane, which was off the end of a runway lying
close to a main traffic artery.