Canadian authorities say there are no fatalities after an Air France passenger plane from Paris skidded off the runway while landing in severe weather and burst into flames at Pearson Airport in Toronto.
Steve Shaw, an official with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, told reporters Tuesday that Flight 358 overshot the runway by about 200 meters.
He said it appears there were 14 minor injuries and all 309 passengers and crew on board were evacuated before the fire took hold.
Smoke and flames billowed from a wooded area near Canada's busiest highway, Highway 401, as authorities shut down area roads due to the crash. Traffic quickly clogged up along the highway as vehicles passed just meters from the crash site, where a portion of the plane's wing could be seen jutting from the trees.
There was no immediate word on what caused the Airbus 340 to miss the end of the runway, but Canadian television quotes a witness as saying the aircraft may have been hit by lightning.
Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.