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Airport firefighter injured after passenger planes collide at Toronto airport

Airport firefighter injured after passenger planes collide at Toronto airport

A fire sparked by the collision of two commercial airplanes prompted the evacuation of dozens of passengers at Toronto Pearson International Airport. According to Reuters, a WestJet official said there were reports of "minor injuries" but that all 168 passengers and crew were safe and accounted for.

The incident occurred just after 6 p.m., when an empty Sunwing aircraft, which was being towed, collided with a WestJet plane that had just landed after arriving from Cancun, Mexico.

Instagram user Stephen Belford posted a video from inside Westjet's Boeing, showing a fire and shaken passengers as the crew prepared the evacuation. While there were no injuries during the accident, a member of the Toronto Pearson Fire and Emergency Services was transported to the hospital. "Out of nowhere there was an audible crunch and the plane rocked slightly".

'Panic set in when [we saw] what seemed to be fuel spewing from the crash.

"People screaming and panicking all while the flight attendants shouted to try to control the situation".

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A spokeswoman said the WestJet passengers were evacuated from the aircraft and were safely in the terminal and clearing customs shortly after the collision.

Luckily, the Sunwing plane that was being towed by the ground handling service provider at that time had no passenger on board. "Emergency crews were on hand and responded immediately", Westjet said in a statement.

"The plane backed up into us and after a couple of seconds, it ignited", said Pavlović.

The Transportation Safety Board was onsite at Toronto Pearson Friday to investigate the collision, the airport confirmed. The incident caused "serious" damage but no causalities.

'There were no Sunwing crew or passengers onboard at the time of the incident.


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