Torontoa $75M Class Action Lawsuit

posted on:
August 8, 2005

author:
Staff

 Torontoa $75-million class-action lawsuit was filed yesterday accusing Air France, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and Nav Canada of negligence in the landing accident of an Airbus A340 commercial jet this week. 

The lawsuit, filed in Ontario Superior Court in Brampton, names Suzanne Deak of Toronto as the lone plaintiff, but the list of claimants is expected to grow.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of all 297 passengers on board the plane that skidded off Pearson airports runway 24L before bursting into flames on Tuesday.

All passengers, as well as the 12 crew members on board, survived the crash; 43 people suffered minor injuries.

We've got a bunch of people who have been hurt in some way and we know the passengers didn't cause the accident, said Paul Miller, the lawyer for the plaintiff.

Someone else is at fault. … Chances are that all three defendants played a role in this accident.

Deak was returning to Toronto from a trip to Hungary when Air France Flight 358 overshot the runway and skidded into Etobicoke Creek, 200 metre's west of the landing strip.

She escaped the plane with minor back and neck injuries, but her lawyer said she is struggling to cope with other effects of the crash.

She is on medication for some psychological problems and shell be seeing her chiropractor and her doctor in the next few days because of her back and neck injuries, said Miller.

Its too early to tell how many passengers will sign on to the lawsuit, he added, but it likely wont be the only one to come out of the accident.

Those named in the lawsuit have yet to respond and the claims have yet to be tested in court.

Several Toronto lawyers have been in contact with passengers who plan to take legal action.

Lawyer David Diamond has already spoken to at least 10 victims of the crash.

He expects to file a class-action lawsuit against the airline and the airports authority in the coming weeks.

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