Everyone survives plane crash

Only minor injuries were reported in a spectacular crash in Toronto Tuesday that destroyed the aircraft.


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A jet careened off the end of a runway in Toronto while landing Tuesday afternoon and burst into flames, but officials reported that there were only minor injuries among the more than 300 passengers on board.

According to local police, Air France Flight No. 358, an Airbus A-340 airplane, was attempting to land in stormy weather at Toronto's Pearson International Airport when it skidded off the end of the runway.

Steve Shaw, vice president of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority, said just 14 passengers were injured and that there were "no known fatalities." Speaking to reporters at a news conference Tuesday evening, Shaw said the nonstop Paris to Toronto flight had 297 passengers and a crew of 12.

Television images, broadcast in the U.S. and Canada showed shooting flames and emergency vehicles surrounding the crash site. According to Shaw, the plane overshot the end of the runway by more than 600 feet.

Officials said it was too early to determine if thunderstorms reported in the area at the time of the crash had contributed to the accident.

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