Published: Saturday 06 January, 2018

Two Planes Collide at Toronto Airport Sparking a Fire as Passengers are Evacuated

A WestJet and a Sunwing plane collided at a Toronto airport causing panic among passengers. The two planes collided on the ground as one was waiting for a gate while the other was being towed back. The collision started a fire on one aircraft.

Toronto airport collision

Fire erupted after two planes collided at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. (Screen grab/ YouTube Stan I)

Both Sunwing and WestJet confirmed the collision on their social media pages. A video uploaded by a passenger in one of the planes show the aircraft’s tail on fire as people panicked to get out. Officials at Toronto Pearson International said passengers had to be evacuated via emergency slides.

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“WestJet has confirmed that WS2425, a Boeing 737-800 with 168 guests and six crew on board, inbound from Cancun to Toronto Pearson, while waiting to proceed to the gate and stationary, was struck by a Sunwing  aircraft pushing back from the gate,” said WestJet on Twitter.

“Due to the position of the aircraft on the laneway, WestJet guests required evacuation via emergency slide. Emergency crews were on hand and responded immediately,” it added.

“We can confirm guests are safely in the terminal and they are in the process of clearing customs.”

Meanwhile, Sunwing also confirmed the accident but added that there was no one on board the aircraft during the collison.

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“A Sunwing aircraft, under tow by our ground handling service provider, came into contact with another aircraft. There were no Sunwing crew or passengers onboard at the time of the incident,” said Sunwing.

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident. It will issue a statement later.