2 planes collide on the ground at Toronto's airport


The Transportation Safety Board's investigation into a runway crash between two planes at Pearson International Airport will examine whether a major airline followed its evacuation protocols. The passengers and crew members were swiftly moved to safety after the mishap.

WestJet Flight 2425 has just arrived from the Mexican resort of Cancun with 168 passengers and six crew on board, and was waiting to proceed to the gate when a Sunwing aircraft backed into it.

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

Video shared on social media, showed explosion from the neighbouring plane.

Sunwing said there were no crew members or passengers aboard its aircraft.

Amid the screams, one person yelled: 'Calm down, that's not our plane on fire'.

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Spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said the WestJet passengers were evacuated from the aircraft via emergency slides and all were safely in the terminal and clearing customs shortly after the collision.

The Toronto engineer says he was in a seat opposite the part of the plane that was struck, and he wasn't able to hear instructions from flight crew or the pilot over the commotion.

Westjet responded on Twitter soon after the evacuation, "Due to the position of the aircraft on the laneway, WestJet guests required evacuation via emergency slide".

Although no injuries were reported from the passengers, a Toronto Pearson Fire and Emergency Service personnel was reportedly injured and had to be taken to the hospital.

"Out of nowhere there was an audible crunch and the plane rocked slightly", Lobo told the broadcaster.