Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Sunwing, WestJet Airplanes Collide At Toronto Pearson Airport, Sparking Fire

Sunwing, WestJet Airplanes Collide At Toronto Pearson Airport, Sparking Fire

Video footage posted on social media of the incident showed flames coming from the Sunwing plane as passengers were heard screaming and crying inside the WestJet aircraft.

Canada's transportation safety board said it would be investigating the incident.

Two planes have collided on the ground at Toronto's Pearson Airport, causing a fire on one and sending passengers into a panic on the other.

A Sunwing Airlines aircraft backed out while being towed, striking a WestJet Airlines plane that had arrived from Cancun, Mexico, and was waiting to proceed to a gate, officials said. There were no passengers on the China Southern plane, Marsico said.

None of the passengers were injured but the airport said in a statement that one of its firefighters was being treated in hospital.

Ali Alagheband, an engineer from Toronto travelling aboard the Westjet flight with his wife and son, said chaos erupted shortly after the plane touched down early Friday night.

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"Due to the position of the aircraft on the laneway, WestJet guests required evacuation via the emergency slide".

He says he was in a seat opposite the part of the plane that was struck, and he wasn't able to hear instructions from crewmembers or the pilot over the commotion.

The Sunwing aircraft was not carrying any passengers at the time of the collision.

Alagheband said he never heard announcements coming from the pilot clarifying how to proceed, a situation he said was risky given the fact that a fire was burning near an area where plane fuel is stored.

Fire trucks and ambulances descended on the tarmac when a small fire on the Sunwing aircraft began, said Beverly MacDonald, a spokeswoman with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

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