Toronto - Yesterday night, a collision between two planes in Toronto Pearson International Airport caused a fire and forced passengers to an emergency evacuation in the frigid cold.
A WestJet aircraft, inbound from Cancun, Mexico with 168 passengers and a six crew was stationary and waiting to go to a gate at Pearson International Airport when it was hit by a Sunwing aircraft.
The Sunwing, which had no passengers on board, was being towed out of a gate by a ground handling service provider at the time.
WestJet passengers were evacuated from the aircraft via emergency slides safely. No injuries reported.
“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,” Westjet said in a statement.
Canada’s Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the incident.
Pics of the collision @TorontoPearson where the wing of @WestJet #WS2425 struck the tail of a Sunwing aircraft (which caught fire) at Terminal 3. @TSBCanada deploying a team of investigators. pic.twitter.com/MtUb9P3dI9— Jeremy Cohn (@JeremyGlobalTV) January 6, 2018