A plane full of tourists were forced to flee on emergency slides at Toronto's Pearson Airport on Friday night after flames engulfed the aircraft next to them on the tarmac. The passengers and crew members were swiftly moved to safety after the mishap.
A WestJet flight from Cancun with 174 people onboard had just arrived in Toronto and was waiting to proceed to its gate when it was hit by an empty Sunwing airliner being towed by the airline's ground service, CBC News reports.
Sunwing said there were no passengers or crew onboard its plane at time of collision.
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.
A PASSENGER plane was evacuated after bursting into flames in a crash with another jet at an airport in Canada.
Soon after the mishap, Westjet passengers safely managed to slide down the emergency exit. "Emergency crews were on hand and responded immediately", Westjet said in a statement.
'Due to the position of the aircraft on the laneway, WestJet guests required evacuation via emergency slide. The pilot hurriedly notifies an evacuation and fire crews are scrambled.
When the incident happened, the temperatures in the city were as low as -21 C, making the evacuation more hard.
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.
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.
It added that operations were being challenged by the extremely cold weather. "We looked out the window and saw that the plane had backed up into us".