Two slides on the Air France plane that
crashed at Toronto's Pearson International Airport this week
failed to open during the emergency evacuation, Canada's chief
investigator said today.
Goodrich Corp., which built the slides, is investigating the
Crew of the Air France Airbus A-340 opened four of the
aircraft's eight doors during the emergency evacuation, Real
Levasseur, chief investigator with the Canadian Transportation
Safety Board, said at a news conference in Toronto today.
Goodrich officials are in Toronto to help determine why the
slides failed to work, he said.
``Two slides didn't work properly,'' Levasseur said. ``We
want to know why they didn't work before removing the wreck.''
Air France Flight 358 on Aug. 2 overshot the runway by 200
meters (656 feet) after landing in a thunderstorm. The plane
slid into a ravine and caught fire. All 297 passengers and 12
crew on board evacuated before the plane burst into flames.
There were no fatalities and 43 people, including the pilot,
were taken to hospital with injuries that weren't
Work on removing the wreckage may begin as early as tomorrow
once investigators finish gathering information from the site,
Levasseur said. The investigation is starting to move from data
gathering to analysis of the crash, he said.
Officials at Air France and Goodrich couldn't immediately be
reached for comment.
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