Corrected - Airliners collide at Toronto's Pearson Airport, passengers safe

Ivan Schwartz
January 10, 2018

"WestJet has confirmed that WS2425, a Boeing 737-800 with 168 guests and six crew onboard, 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", it said on its Twitter account. The tail of Sunwing plane, an empty aircraft, which was being towed back into the gate, struck the commercial flight which was stationery, media reports said.

The collision caused the empty Sunwing jet to catch fire and terrified passengers on the other plane watched as flamed engulfed one of its wings.

An explosion caused by two planes colliding at Toronto's Pearson Airport anxious passengers and delayed flights on Friday (January 5).

A PASSENGER plane was evacuated after bursting into flames in a crash with another jet at an airport in Canada.

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A spokeswoman for WestJet says everybody was safely evacuated from the plane via emergency slides and nobody on board was injured. "Emergency crews were on hand and responded immediately", the airline tweeted. "Out of nowhere there was an audible crunch and the plane rocked slightly".

'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. "Everyone was a little shocked and kind of chuckling at the situation".

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.

A spokesman for the Transportation Safety Board, a Canadian agency that investigates transportation incidents, said that a team was headed to the airport to investigate.

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