Frightening fiery crash between two planes at Toronto's Pearson airport

Gladys Abbott
January 10, 2018

In a video recorded from aboard the WestJet plane and posted on Instagram, flames can be seen on the smoking Sunwing plane's tail section as frightened passengers scream and a member of the flight crew urges everyone to "remain seated".

Video footage shared on social media appeared to show the tail of one aircraft aflame and spewing black smoke, and later images indicated that it was Sunwing's plane.

An inbound WestJet flight from Mexico with 168 passengers and six crew was stationary and waiting to go to a gate when it was struck by a Sunwing aircraft moving back from the gate.

Two airliners collided on the tarmac of Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Saturday morning, causing a small fire.

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

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Soon after the mishap, Westjet passengers safely managed to slide down the emergency exit. "Emergency crews were on hand and responded immediately", the airline tweeted.

'We are aware of an incident that occurred shortly after 6pm this evening at Toronto Pearson Airport where a Sunwing aircraft, under tow by our ground handling service provider, came into contact with another aircraft.

'Out of nowhere there was an audible crunch and the plane rocked slightly, ' reports CBC News.

The airport had said that the operations did not have a major effect by the accident, although due to the extreme cold conditions, it was challenging.

Investigators are reportedly gathering information about the incident, including "how many ground crew were present, how many are required [and] what the procedures are for this type of maneuver", a Transportation Safety Board of Canada spokesperson told CBC. "We looked out the window and saw that the plane had backed up into us".

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