GTAA comments on Air France accident report



    TORONTO, Dec. 12 /CNW/ - The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)
issued the following comments regarding the Transportation Safety Board's
(TSB) report on the overrun of flight 358, which landed at Toronto Pearson on
August 2, 2005, and subsequently overran runway 24L where a fire ensued. There
were no fatalities in the accident.
    "This final report represents the end of the TSB's investigation into the
accident" said Lloyd McCoomb, President and CEO of the GTAA. "While there are
no recommendations relating specifically to the GTAA's operation of Toronto
Pearson, we will await Transport Canada's review of the report and will work
closely with them should there be any changes to the rules and regulations
that govern the airport."
    The report states that the aircraft, an Airbus 340, landed approximately
3,800 feet down runway 24L, which did not leave adequate stopping distance for
the flight. Runway 24L is 9,000 feet long and, as confirmed in the report,
meets all regulations as set out by Transport Canada. The runway was opened in
October of 2002 and was designed and built in compliance with all Canadian
safety standards.
    Mr. McCoomb praised fire and emergency services for their prompt and
effective response to the Air France accident. "The GTAA trains and plans for
emergency operations in the hope that we will never need to put those plans
into action. However, the plans worked exactly the way they were supposed to.
Credit should also go out to the Air France crew for their work in evacuating
passengers from the aircraft."

    The GTAA is the non-share, not-for-profit authority that operates Toronto
Pearson under a lease agreement with the Government of Canada. In 2006, 31
million passengers travelled through Toronto Pearson.




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