An Air France B747-400 skids off Montreal runway

On Aug. 26, at 17.47LT, an Air France B747-400 flying from Paris as AF346, with 508 people on board (480 passengers and 18 crew members), skidded off runway 24R in Montreal. The aircraft (according to the first reports serialled F-GITC), slid off the runway after landing but there were no injured passengers and there was no there was no apparent damage to the aircraft, that had the nose landing wheels on the grass off the runway.
Picture by David Boily, AFP (source:

I’ve already talked about the safety of the B747-400 in the article Another B747-400 in-flight problem: is this aircraft still safe? and I’ve not changed my mind since this last is almost a non event (maybe it was caused by a steering problem or by a brake failure) that would have never made the news without the crash of the Spanair 5022 and the following video of the fire coming from the left landing gear bay of the Air Dolomiti ATR72 departing from Munchen to Bologna on Aug.24

What’s interesting is that it is not the first time an Air France wide-body fails to stop after landing in a Canadian airport. On Aug. 2 2005, an Airbus A340 flying from Paris to Toronto as AF358 flight, skidded off the runway 24L/06R at Pearson International Airport at 16.01LT. The aircraft plunged into a nearby shallow ravine, coming to rest and bursting into flames approximately 300 metres past the end of the runway. The AF358 flight had 309 people on board (297 passengers and 12 crew members), all of whom survived.

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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.