Crash probe eyed safety issues
Runways at Canadian airports are falling short of international standards, and Ottawa needs to mandate extended safety zones to prevent crashes like the one that sent an Air France jet hurtling into a ravine in stormy weather, a report said yesterday.
The Transportation Safety Board did not blame the pilot and his crew in its final report on what caused Flight 358 to skid off a runway at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on Aug. 2, 2005, during torrential rain.
Rather, the report targeted the "systemic" failures behind the crash, noting 10 more aircraft have crashed globally in similar circumstances since then. It made seven recommendations to both Transport Canada and the world’s regulatory bodies on preventing future accidents.
Chief among the measures intended to minimize injuries after a crash was a recommendation to force Canadian airports to bring runway safety zones up to international standards.