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Canadian private airline company Transat's planeis pictured after arriving at Toussaint Louverture airport in Port-au-Prince January 23, 2013.
Canadian private airline company Transat's planeis pictured after arriving at Toussaint Louverture airport in Port-au-Prince January 23, 2013.
(Swoan Parker / Reuters/REUTERS)

Brain scans of passengers on near-disastrous Air Transat flight studied

Brain scans of passengers who believed they were about to die when their plane ran out of fuel over the Atlantic in 2001 are helping researchers better understand traumatic memories.

Air Transat Flight 236, bound for Lisbon from Toronto on Aug. 24, 2001, crash-landed in the Azores after gliding powerless over the ocean for 30 minutes. Some of the 306 passengers and crew on board developed post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, as a result of the terrifying scare.