On August 2, 2005, at 1603 EDT, Air France Flight 358, an Airbus A340-313, registered in France as F-GLZQ, attempted to land on runway 24 Left during a period of severe weather at Pearson International Airport, Toronto, Canada. It did not stop before the end of the runway, but continued for 200 meters until it slid into the Etobicoke Creek ravine, on the western edge of the airport near the interchange of Dixie Road and Highway 401. The aircraft was subsequently destroyed by impact forces and postcrash fire. The fire blocked some of the emergency exits but everyone evacuated in short order. All fires were out by early afternoon on August 3. The flight had 309 people aboard (297 passengers and 12 crew), all of whom survived. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
A METAR weather observation for Pearson Airport stated that the weather at the time of the landing consisted of winds from 340° at 24 knots gusting to 33 knots, with 1 1/4 statute miles visibility in a heavy thunderstorm and rain. The ceiling was overcast at 4,500 feet agl with towering cumulus cloud. The temperature was 74 °F.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) took control of the accident site once emergency response teams had finished their work.
The Safety Board dispatched a team consisting of a US Accredited Representative, and investigators in the fields of aircraft powerplants and survival factors.
The flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder (black boxes) were sent to France for analysis.
The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Canada. Further information may be obtained from:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
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Hull, Quebec K1A 1K8
Telephone: (819) 994-7998
Fax (819) 953-9586