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Negligence: Airline Sues Airbus For A320 Crash Landing

According to a report by CTV News, Air Canada has in a lawsuit claimed that Airbus's negligence contributed to a crash landing of its plane at Halifax Stanfield International Airport two years ago.

In a statement of claim filed in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Air Canada said Airbus failed to identify shortcomings of the Airbus A320.

The document said it did not advise that in certain conditions, the plane's flight path angle could be affected by external forces.

It also claims Airbus failed to incorporate a warning system to alert pilots to a deviation from the planned flight path angle.

"(Airbus) failed to provide adequate and/or accurate information as to how pilots should correct a deviation in the flight path in circumstances where manual intervention was required," the March 28 claim said.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Air Canada's Flight 624 had on March 29, 2015, hit the ground about 200 metres short of runway 05 shortly after midnight, as it approached in gusty winds and heavy snowfall.

The plane bounced into the air and crashed near the runway threshold before moving swiftly and uncontrollably along the tarmac for another 570 metres.

One of the aircraft's engines and the plane's landing gear were torn from the airframe. Although no life was lost in the incident, over twenty people were injured.

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