WestJet aircraft evacuated after collision on ground in Toronto

WestJet aircraft evacuated after collision on ground in Toronto

A WestJet aircraft was evacuated on landing at Toronto airport after it was struck by an empty plane moving back from a gate, the airline said.

The Boeing 737-800 carrying 168 passengers and six crew was waiting for a gate when it was hit by a Sunwing aircraft.

Video showed a fire near the Sunwing aircraft’s tail and WestJet passengers sliding down emergency chutes. All passengers were evacuated safely, WestJet said.

The evacuation took place as temperatures in the city dropped to minus 21C on Saturday.

The aircraft had arrived at Toronto Pearson from the resort of Cancun in Mexico and was stationary when the collision took place, the airline said.

WestJet said on Twitter “Due to the position of the aircraft on the laneway, WestJet guests required evacuation via emergency slide.”

Emergency crews responded immediately, the statement added.

Pearson airport said that fire and emergency crews had responded to an “incident involving two aircraft” at its Terminal 3, and that passengers had been evacuated.

Sunwing said its aircraft was being towed by its ground handling service provider at the time and there were no passengers or crew on board.

Eyewitnesses posted pictures of the incident on social media.

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