The Transportation Safety Board is investigating after two passenger planes collided on the ground at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Friday evening. According to Reuters, a WestJet official said there were reports of "minor injuries" but that all 168 passengers and crew were safe and accounted for.
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.
Instagram user Stephen Belford posted a video from inside Westjet's Boeing, showing a fire and shaken passengers as the crew prepared the evacuation.
One video showed children frantically looking around and yelling as they awaited instruction.
Passengers on board the WestJet flight were evacuated using the emergency exit slides.
'Due to the position of the aircraft on the laneway, WestJet guests required evacuation via emergency slide.
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As wintry conditions continue to wreak havoc throughout the east, two airports have reported unrelated collisions between aircraft on the tarmac.
The Sunwing aircraft was not carrying any passengers at the time of the collision.
When the incident happened, the temperatures in the city were as low as -21 C, making the evacuation more hard.
Airport officials said that flight operations "have not been significantly affected by the incident", although the airport was struggling due to plunging temperatures that reached almost -20 degrees Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit) overnight on Friday.
No one was injured on the WestJet flight, but a Toronto Pearson Fire and Emergency Service worker was hospitalized with injuries. "After a couple of seconds the entire thing ignited and it was chaos inside the plane". Everyone was a little shocked and kind of chuckling at the situation'.