Captain of Air France jet injured back in crash

4th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

TORONTO, Aug 4 (AFP) - The captain of the Air France Airbus jet that crashed at Toronto's Pearson International Airport injured his back in the accident and investigators will not interview him until doctors say it is OK, a Canadian official said Thursday.

TORONTO, Aug 4 (AFP) - The captain of the Air France Airbus jet that crashed at Toronto's Pearson International Airport injured his back in the accident and investigators will not interview him until doctors say it is OK, a Canadian official said Thursday.

"The injuries are reportedly to his back. I don't know the extent of his injuries and I will not be speaking to the captain until we have been assured by the medical staff that looks after him that he is capable of talking to us," said Real Levasseur, the lead investigator for the Canadian transportation safety agency.

Levasseur said "there are no serious injuries. There are a few broken bones and stuff like that, but there are no injuries that are life threatening to any of the passengers who were injured."

However, Air France officials told AFP Wednesday that the captain, whose name has not been released, was "seriously" injured in the crash, and witnesses said that they saw him bleeding from this forehead shortly after the jet veered of the end of the runway into a ravine on Tuesday.

A flight attendant and 12 passengers are also being kept in hospital for observation, having suffered what officials said were "scrapes and cuts" upon exiting the airplane and crossing the ravine to seek help on a nearby highway.

But Christian Lahccen, head of Air France Canada, said that everyone was "out of danger."

The investigation team will speak to the first officer early Thursday and the cabin crew later in the coming week, Levasseur said.

The jet's co-pilot, who was widely praised for getting passengers out of the plane before the fire turned into an inferno, was in control of the jet upon landing, officials said.

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Subject: French news

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