Aviation news release 2007

TSB # A04/2007

THE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD OF CANADA IDENTIFIES DEFICIENCIES WITH AIRCRAFT LANDING IN DETERIORATING WEATHER CONDITIONS

(Gatineau, Quebec, December 12, 2007) - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its final report (A05H0002) into the runway overrun of an Air France Airbus A340 at Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Ontario, on August 2, 2005.

Since the Air France accident in Toronto, 10 large aircraft have gone off runways around the world in bad weather. "This is an unacceptable risk," said Wendy Tadros, Chair of the TSB. She went on to add, "We believe more must be done to ensure aircraft will always touch down safely so passengers don't get hurt. That is why the TSB is making seven recommendations today."

The first five recommendations focus on crews and the need for mandatory standards, training, and procedures. The TSB is also making two recommendations aimed at reducing the risk of injury following an accident.

On August 2, 2005, the Airbus A340-313 departed Paris, France, as Flight 358, bound for Toronto. There were 297 passengers and 12 crew members on board. The aircraft approached Toronto in a severe and rapidly changing thunderstorm with shifting winds and limited visibility. It came in too high and too fast. Touching down almost halfway along the wet and slippery runway, it simply ran out of room.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

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The public report A05H0002, the backgrounder and photos are also available on this site. A flight animation can also be viewed on this site.


The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

For more information, contact:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Media Relations
Telephone: 819-994-8053
Email: media@tsb.gc.ca