TORONTO – Passengers were forced to evacuate via emergency slides in the frigid cold on Friday night after two planes collided on the ground at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.
No injuries on either plane were reported. One member of the airport’s fire and emergency service was injured and taken to a hospital for treatment, an spokesperson for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority said in an email to NBC News.
WestJet said an inbound from Cancun, Mexico with 168 passengers and a crew of six was stationary and waiting to go to a gate when it was struck by a Sunwing aircraft moving back from a gate.
Video footage from the Westjet plane shows flames on the wing of the Sunwing plane. Passengers are heard screaming.
Spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said the WestJet passengers were evacuated from the aircraft via emergency slides and all were safely in the terminal and clearing customs shortly after the collision.
“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,” Westjet said in a statement.
Sunwing said there were no crew members or passengers aboard its aircraft. It was being towed by the airline’s ground handling service provider at the time of the incident.
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority said fire crews extinguished a small fire on the Sunwing aircraft and some flight operations were affected by the incident
Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating.
The airports authority spokesperson said in a statement that airport operations were not significantly affected, but that operations “continue to be challenged by the extreme cold weather conditions.”
Temperatures of -19 degrees Celsius, or around -2 degrees Fahrenheit, were recorded at the airport at 10 p.m. ET, Environment Canada said. An extreme cold warning was in effect, the government agency said.