Last updated on January 14, 2018
A Westjest and Sunwing plane collided at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport Friday, causing one of the planes to catch fire.
The two aircraft collided on Pearson tarmac Friday when a landed Sunwing jet backed into a just landed Westjet plane. WestJet flight WS2425 was returning to Toronto from Cancun with 168 passengers and a crew of six on board when it was hit by the Sunwing plane.
Witnesses reported seeing the tail of the Sunwing plane catch fire shortly after the impact.
Westjet passengers were evacuated from the plane Friday night. The plane has just landed at Pearson from Cancun and was stationary, waiting for a gate when it was hit by the Sunwing plane that was reversing from a gate.
Sunwing says there were no crew or passengers aboard its aircraft, which was being towed by the airline’s ground handling service provider, at the time of the incident.
WestJet spokesperson Lauren Stewart said the passengers were evacuated from the aircraft via emergency slides and that all were safely in the terminal and clearing customs shortly after.
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority said passengers were removed from the plane as quickly as possible and that fire crews extinguished a small fire on the Sunwing aircraft.
Transportation Safety Board spokesperson Chris Krepski says the agency is now investigating the incident.
“At this stage of the game the TSB is going to be gathering information . We’ll examine the aircraft, interview people involved and get information about the weather conditions,” he said.
WestJet said they will be in contact with the Transportation Safety Board and the GTAA, among other agencies, until the investigation is complete.
There were no confirmed reports of injuries. Several passengers on other flights at Pearson said they were stuck on the runway for hours.