'Sheer chaos' as planes collide at Pearson airport

'Sheer chaos' as planes collide at Pearson airport

'Sheer chaos' as planes collide at Pearson airport

Two planes collided after landing at Toronto Pearson Airport, starting a small fire and forcing all 168 passengers on one of the planes to leave via the emergency slides.

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.

Passengers aboard a WestJet flight inbound from Cancun, Mexico, were evacuated from the aircraft via emergency slides and nobody on board was injured.

Instagram user Stephen Belford posted a video from inside Westjet's Boeing, showing a fire and shaken passengers as the crew prepared the evacuation.

Around two hours after the crash, WestJet sent out a tweet that said, "Guests are safely in the terminal and they are in the process of clearing customs".

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

Passengers aboard the West Jet plane can be heard screaming and panicking as they watch the flames at Toronto Pearson International Airport
Passengers aboard the West Jet plane can be heard screaming and panicking as they watch the flames at Toronto Pearson International Airport

The video shows the flames coming out of the plane's wing.

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. It was being towed by the airline's ground handling service provider at the time of the incident.

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.

One of the eyewitness Gustavo Lobo said to CBC News "It was chaos". One person was injured. "Out of nowhere there was an audible crunch and the plane rocked slightly".

"The plane backed up into us and after a couple of seconds, it ignited", said Pavlović.

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