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Posted: 8/2/2005 12:49:41 PM EDT

Passenger jet in flames at Toronto airport
CTV.ca News Staff

A passenger jet burst into flames after apparently skidding off the runway at Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

Few details are known, and there is no word on whether there are any casualties.

Police indicate the aircraft was an Air France jet that was trying to land when it ran into trouble.

Live television pictures show flames and smoke billowing from the aircraft in a tree-filled area near the airport.

CTV Toronto's Jim Junkin reports that 200 people are thought to have been on board.

Witness Mark Yppelar told CTV Newsnet that he saw heavy lightning strikes in the area before he saw the aircraft on fire.

The Greater Toronto Airport Authority is expected to hold a press conference at 5 p.m. ET.

Link Posted: 8/2/2005 12:52:46 PM EDT
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