Survivors of the Air France Airbus that crashed in Toronto have begun speaking of their close brush with death, describing how they ran for their lives amid swirling smoke and flames.
All 309 people on board survived the accident, funnelling down escape chutes and racing for safety as the aircraft began to burn. About 24 people are said to have suffered minor injuries. “It is something you can’t explain with words,” said one survivor.
“It was terrible, horrible. All the people were screaming. There was fire, there was smoke and we couldn’t do anything but run away.
“I’m still here and I still don’t believe it.”
“The plane took a nose dive,” said another. “The front started swerving to the right and he had a problem stopping it because it was shaking all the time.”
Another survivor added: “We landed on the ground and everyone clapped. We started bouncing. “The wheels must have come off, or something, because we were just bouncing right on the bottom of the plane. “We were bouncing pretty high so I figured there was something wrong there.”
After the crash, a few of the dazed survivors made their way to a nearby multi-late highway and flagged down motorists for help. Air France said the plane was bought new in September 1999 and had clocked upmore than 24,000 hours of flight time. It was last overhauled last month.