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Video: Fire erupts as passenger jets collide at Toronto airport

Passengers evacuate WestJet plane after it is hit by another plane at Pearson International

  • Connie Carson, a passenger at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, posted this photo of the incident on hImage Credit: Connie Carson / Facebook
  • WestJet says one of its flights, inbound from Cancun, Mexico, was stationary and waiting to go to a gate when Image Credit: Twitter

Dozens of passengers were evacuated from an aircraft at Toronto’s Pearson Airport late on Friday, after a plane under tow struck an arriving jet that was waiting to park, sparking a small fire, the airport authority said.

Fire and emergency services responded to the collision between the two planes from Sunwing Airlines and Westjet Airlines, which happened at 6:19 pm (2319 GMT, 3.19am on Saturday in Dubai), the Greater Toronto Airport Authority said in a statement.

Calgary-based Westjet said it had unconfirmed reports of “minor injuries” in the incident, but that all 168 passengers and six crew members on board its plane were safe and accounted for.

Sunwing, part of the privately held Sunwing Travel Group, said there were no passengers or crew onboard its plane at the time of the collision, and that the aircraft was being towed by ground handler Swissport International Ltd.

A spokesman for the Transportation Safety Board, Canada’s transportation regulator, said that a team was headed to the airport to investigate. 

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