Air France and two other companies will pay $11.5 million to settle a lawsuit from a 2005 incident in which a passenger jet overshot a Toronto runway. A judge in the city approved that Air France will pay $9.5 million plus interest and Airbus SAS and Goodrich Corp. will pay $1.58 million to the passengers of Air France Flight 358, which crashed into a ravine after missing the runway at Pearson International Airport during a torrential rainstorm in August 2005.
Judge Joan Lax wrote in her decision that the settlements are “fair, reasonable and in the best interests of” the passengers. Although no one was killed in the incident, 33 people were hospitalized. A 2007 Canadian Transport Safety Board report determined that the plane came in too high and too fast and that the Air France crew “did not calculate the landing distance required for the conditions at destination.”
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