August 2, 2005

Air France Airbus in flames at Toronto airport

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

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,
which could carry 252 passengers, had apparently skidded off
the runway after landing 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 huge clouds of black smoke and
orange flames coming from the fuselage of the plane, which was
off the end of a runway lying close to a main traffic artery.

Air France's Web site showed that flight 358 left Charles
de Gaulle airport in Paris was due to arrive at Pearson's
terminal 3 on Tuesday afternoon. The airline's A340s are
generally configured for 252 passenger seats.

A spokeswoman for Aeroports de Montreal said no flights
were landing at Pearson airport in Toronto following the