Fire on a Boeing 767 forces evacuation, sends five to hospital

MONTREAL – Seven people arriving on a Boeing 767 operated by Royal Air Maroc were treated for smoke inhalation Monday evening – after a fire on a baggage belt adjacent to an open cargo door in the aircraft’s belly triggered a full-scale emergency evacuation of 250 passengers and eight crew.

The incident took place on the tarmac at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Dorval, airport public-relations spokesperson François Asselin said, with the fire reported at 4:47 p.m.

Three people suffered lower-body injuries “consistent of the type sustained in a sliding fall,” after they used the plane’s emergency exit slides, Marc-André Gagnon, operations chief at Urgences-Santé, said.

Five of the injured, all women, were treated on the scene and were then taken to a hospital, he said.

The other two injured, both men, refused to be hospitalized.

Asselin said the aircraft, operating as Flight 206 on a direct flight from Casablanca, Morocco, had touched down about 4:30 p.m.

“I can confirm there was smoke. I can’t confirm whether there was smoke inside the aircraft,” Asselin said.

The evacuation, he suggested, was “more of a precautionary measure.”

Asselin, who has spent about 15 years in the aviation business, said that “this is the first time I can recall such an incident at Montreal-Trudeau,” with emergency-slide deployment.

No dollar estimate of the monetary damages was immediately available.

The plane remains out of service, pending the arrival of investigators “first thing in the morning” from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, Asselin said.


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Boeing restructures some commercial airplane unit functions

Boeing Co. said on Thursday that it is restructuring its commercial airplane strategy and marketing functions, a move that comes just days after the company lost a $9.5 billion order in Japan, previously its most secure market.

The action, announced in a memo by Boeing Commercial Airplane Chief Executive Ray Conner obtained by Reuters, comes after Japan Airlines Co Ltd on Monday picked Airbus planes to replace its Boeing 777s, rather than the next-generation Boeing 777X model.

“You probably wouldn’t have seen this happen if they had won JAL,” said Ron Epstein, an analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

“Boeing is looking at their sales strategy” following the Japanese loss, he added.

Conner linked the shifts to the retirement of Boeing veteran Mike Bair, who he said would step down Nov. 1. Bair oversees the marketing and strategy groups.

In the new structure, marketing functions under Bair would be shifted to the sales group and led by marketing Vice President Randy Tinseth, who would report to global sales chief John Wojick.

Strategy and business development functions will shift to the finance group, and will be led by Kevin Schemm, who will be head of finance and strategy.

Boeing confirmed the memo is accurate but declined to comment further.


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Bonne Nouvelle : Boeing revoit à la hausse les besoins mondiaux de pilotes de ligne

D’ici à 2032, Boeing estime qu’il faudra former 498.000 pilotes de ligne et 556.000 mécaniciens pour faire face au développement de la flotte mondiale du transport aérien.

Selon une récente estimation de Boeing, le transport aérien aura besoin de plus d’un million de nouveaux pilotes de ligne et de nouveaux mécaniciens dans les vingt ans à venir.

Cette prévision s’appuie sur les ventes record qu’enregistrent les avionneurs. D’ici à 2032, c’est donc, précisément 498.000 pilotes et 556.000 mécaniciens qu’il va falloir former, soit 25.000 pilotes et 28.000 techniciens par an.

Besoins mondiaux de pilotes et techniciens 2013-2032
Regions Pilotes Techniciens
Asie-Pacifique 192.300 215.300
Europe 99.700 108.200
Amérique du Nord 85.700 97.900
Moyen-Orient 48.600 47.600
Amérique Latine 40.000 53.100
Afrique 16.500 15.900
Russie et CEI 15.200 18.000

Dans la plupart des régions du monde, les prévisions sont à la hausse, sauf en Europe.

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