More than 150 people were evacuated after two planes hit each other Friday, sparking a fire on the tarmac at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.
Passengers were forced to evacuate after two planes collided, the WestJet inbound from Cancun, Mexico, was struck by a Sunwing airplane, causing a fire on the tarmac Friday night, reported The Guardian. The 168 passengers and crew of six were then evacuated with emergency slides, according to spokeswoman Lauren Stewart for WestJet. The Sunwing aircraft did not have any passengers, it was being towed by the airline during the crash.
“Due to the position of the aircraft on the laneway, WestJet guests required evacuation via emergency slide. Emergency crews were on hand and responded immediately,” said Westjet in a statement.
The air traffic control audio of the incident shared in a tweet Saturday.
MAYDAY: Air traffic control audio of collision @TorontoPearson tonight. The wing of @WestJet #WS2425 reportedly struck the tail of a Sunwing plane, which caught fire on the apron at Terminal 3. No injuries. WestJet passengers evacuated via slides. @TSBCanada pic.twitter.com/ctRL60aEid
— Jeremy Cohn (@JeremyGlobalTV) January 6, 2018
Canada’s Transportation Safety Board is also investigating the incident.
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