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    Default Breaking News Toronto

    A plane is on fire after skidding off a runway in Toronto.
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    This is pretty chilling to watch...how many people do they think are on that plane?
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    The news says it was an Air France Air Bus from Paris to Toronto. By the looks of things, today has turned into a very sad day.
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    I can't imagine...with the amount of water they are putting on it, it must be a pretty good fire. The station that I work at borders a county airport. I drive a tanker that has been fitted with a 90gallon AFFF foam tank - it's the first due for a plane fire. Just a small plane is so hot and so hard to put out...
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    Passenger Jet Skids Off Toronto Runway

    The Associated Press
    Tuesday, August 2, 2005; 4:57 PM

    TORONTO  A passenger jetliner caught fire Tuesday after skidding off a runway in a fierce thunderstorm at Pearson airport in Toronto. Black smoke billowed from the wreckage as the aircraft burned.

    A row of emergency vehicles lined up behind the wreck, and a fire truck sprayed the flames with water. The operation was broadcast live on television in Canada and the United States.


    The flaming ruin was next to the four-lane Highway 401, Canada's busiest highway, and some cars and trucks stopped on the roadway after the crash.

    There was no immediate word on casualties.

    Police said the plane was an Air France passenger jet that was trying to land when it ran into trouble. There was a storm  with lightning, strong wind gusts and even hail  in the area at the time.

    Police Sgt. Glyn Griffiths said it was not know if any passengers had been taken from the plane.

    Leah Walker, a radio reporter in Toronto, said she saw a third of the plane fall and that the rest became a fireball. "This plane attempted to land in some very fierce weather we had today," she said.

    The last major jumbo jet crash in North America was on Nov. 12, 2001, when American Airlines Flight 587 lost part of its tail and plummeted into a New York City neighborhood, killing 265 people. Safety investigators concluded that the crash was caused by the pilot moving the rudder too aggressively.
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    I'm watching the news right now, and apparently many if not all passengers survived. The Pilot and Co-Pilot were confirmed to have survived, and three different news stations are reporting no fatalities at all. The plane was reported to have 291 passengers on board.

    One hell of a good day if that is true. We'll have to wait and see how it pans out.
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    Yes, great news - it seems that might be correct. But...Is it just me or do the reporters seem a little dejected that no one died?
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    20 years ago today Delta 191 went down @ DFW That is a difficult response to answer. We do what we do because we can help.

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    I am elated at the fact that it looks like there were many survivors. Maybe the lessons learned from past tragedies prevented numerous deaths.
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    FoxNews is saying NO fatalities (referencing Global TV).
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    Here is a link to the traffic cam viewing the scene. Click on the "Video from the Scene" link at the topm left of the page.

    Toronto Plane Crash Video
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    Wow...that's amazing video!
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    Smile No Fatalities

    According to a recent airport press conference there were 297 passangers and 12 crew, and all have survivied with only 14 minor injuries.

    The plane landed then slid off the runway, and down into a ravine at the edge of the airport. The weather was very bad at the time of the crash, heavy rain, lightning and some hail. The video from the crash scene shows high winds at the time.

    Survivors are saying that there was fire on one side, so the flight attendants sent them down the chutes on the opposite side. The aircraft was severely burned in the ensuing fire and is still smouldering. Good job by all concerned, Toronto experiencied a miracle today.

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    No offense to Americans, but my family was pretty surprised to see this on American TV stations.
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    No offense to Americans, but my family was pretty surprised to see this on American TV stations.
    No offense taken - I recall watching disasters unfold around the world - not just here in the USA.
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    Gee, a plane crashes in Canada and it is big news in the U.S..
    Maybe since there are many places in the U.S. that are closer in location to Toronto then other American cities, it is judged "news worthy" to us non-Canadians.
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    Well, I was just saying that my family was surprised to see it on the American channels...
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    Well, I was just saying that my family was surprised to see it on the American channels...
    Yes - you said that already. I think Mikey was pointing out that we do see things here in the states.

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    Okay, I didn't know...

    But I had a fiance in the USAF and he had some pretty "general" mixed-up stereotypes about Canada, when it is a BIG country...
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    Originally posted by paris04
    Okay, I didn't know...

    But I had a fiance in the USAF and he had some pretty "general" mixed-up stereotypes about Canada, when it is a BIG country...
    And you are doing the same thing as your fiance by generalizing the entire US based on your experience with ONE man.
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    Just an update I just read online at one of the news sites..
    Didn't see it on here already...
    All 320 passengers aboard the plane survived. NO Fatalities.
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    And experiences with people from Maine... They thought I had an accent and asked me some ridiculous questions.
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    Originally posted by paris04
    And experiences with people from Maine... They thought I had an accent and asked me some ridiculous questions.
    You feel the way you do about Americans because they thought you had an accent and asked a couple questions?? Wow
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    Originally posted by ccfdblehman
    Just an update I just read online at one of the news sites..
    Didn't see it on here already...
    All 320 passengers aboard the plane survived. NO Fatalities.
    I was very happy to hear on the news tonight that there were no fatalities. Lucky day for all those aboard.
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    An extremely lucky...I'll go as far as to say miraculous...ending to an aircraft crash.

    News repports I read and saw noted that the approach was rough and tension filled due to the weather, and all passengers thougght they had made it down safely until the aircraft seemed to pick up speed (Hydroplaning?) and careen off the end of the runway and down the embankment.

    One passenger said that it was 'One heck of a roller-coaster ride down the embankment'

    The fuselage remained intact until fire broke out, and all passengers were evacuated over infalatble slides (According to news reports and video).

    Someone was watching out for everyone on board as well as motorists on the nearby highway

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