Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Passengers forced to evacuate after two plane collision at Toronto Airport

Investigators are reportedly gathering information about the incident, including "how many ground crew were present, how many are required [and] what the procedures are for this type of maneuver", a Transportation Safety Board of Canada spokesperson told CBC.

One person has sustained injuries following a collision between two planes on the tarmac of Toronto Pearson International Airport on Friday.

A spokeswoman for WestJet said everybody was safely evacuated from the plane via emergency slides and nobody on board was injured.

A Sunwing Airlines aircraft backed out while being towed, striking a WestJet Airlines plane that had arrived from Cancun, Mexico, and was waiting to proceed to a gate, officials said.

But passengers have offered accounts of confusion aboard the plane and allegations that procedures were not clearly communicated.

"Certainly we would look into the evacuation procedures", he said in an interview.

Ali Alagheband, an engineer from Toronto travelling aboard the Westjet flight with his wife and son, said chaos erupted shortly after the plane touched down early Friday night.

Passengers on the Westjet Boeing 737-800 were forced to evacuate via emergency slides in the frigid cold.

He says he was in a seat opposite the part of the plane that was struck, and he wasn't able to hear instructions from crewmembers or the pilot over the commotion.

"I started crying because I realized what happened", she said.

Lobo explained that she did not realize the seriousness of the situation until she exited the aircraft.

"The incident occurred when our employee was pushing back the plane from the gate", Pierre Payette, Swissport Canada Handling Inc vice president of operations for Toronto, said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

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