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$12 Million Settlement Approved in Air France Class Action

This is a settlement for the Personal Injury lawsuit.

Toronto, Canada: A $12 million settlement has been approved in the class action suit brought against Air France by 184 passengers involved in an accident at Toronto's Pearson Airport in August 2005.

The Air France flight 358 from Paris arrived in Toronto during a severe thunderstorm, which battered the plane just as it landed. The Airbus A340 jet overshot the runway and carried on into a ravine where it burst into flames. Because the evacuation slides were faulty or damaged, 60 passengers were forced to jump from the plane. While all 297 passengers and 12 crew survived, 33 people were taken to hospital and 23 sustained severe injuries.

According to an independent review, "the vast majority of passengers suffered fright, emotional upset and a fear of flying and a large number have post-traumatic stress disorder."

Airbus SAS and Goodrich Corp, the manufacturer of the evacuation slides, will contribute $1.64 million to the settlement fund, and Air France $10 million. The total fund of $11.65 million will cover legal costs of $500,000 and the remainder will be divided among passengers, some of whom may receive as much as $175,000 per person, the maximum allowed.

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Published on Dec-31-09


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