The wreckage of flight 358. By Ser Amantio di Nicolao
In August 2005, I was a passenger on Air France flight 358, a flight from Paris, France, to Toronto, Ontario. Upon arriving over Toronto, our plane flew into a sudden storm, landed too far down the runway, and slid right off the end, bursting into flame. We had to evacuate down the emergency slides, and all of our luggage burned up with the plane.
I remember when the plane was approaching the runway, I thought that we were coming in quicker than most landings I’ve experienced. There was lightning in the sky, and a passenger behind me turned to his partner and joked, “Well, nice knowing you.” When we landed, a few people in the cabin began to clap, congratulating the pilot on a tough landing in tougher weather. Then, when we thought it was all over, we hit a big bump. I remember flying a few inches off of my seat despite still wearing my seat belt, and some of the yellow oxygen masks falling out of the ceiling. When we came to a stop, I still thought that it was just a very very rough landing… then I looked out my window on the left side, and saw flames.