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One worker injured after Pearson tarmac crash

One worker injured after Pearson tarmac crash
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Airplane passenger Stephen Belford posted this video of a Sunwing plane on fire at Pearson International Airport on January 5, 2018, after it collided with a WestJet flight on the runway.

Staff Reporter

Sat., Jan. 6, 2018

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

Toronto Pearson said that one member of the Fire and Emergency Service was taken to hospital and treated for injuries sustained from the incident. The person has since been released from hospital, the airport confirmed Saturday. Authorities with Toronto Pearson declined to disclose the nature of the injuries or information about the worker, citing privacy concerns.

The Transportation Safety Board was onsite at Toronto Pearson Friday to investigate the collision, the airport confirmed.

Passengers aboard a WestJet flight inbound from Cancun, Mexico, were evacuated from the aircraft via emergency slides and nobody on board was injured. The WestJet plane was stationary when it was clipped by a Sunwing aircraft, which was being towed.

The WestJet flight was carrying 168 passengers and a crew of six at the time of the collision.

The Sunwing aircraft was not carrying any passengers at the time of the collision.

An Instagram video uploaded Friday shows the aftermath of a collision between a Sunwing aircraft and a WestJet aircraft on the tarmac of Pearson Airport.  (STEPHEN_BELFORD/INSTAGRAM)  

Ali Alagheband, an engineer from Toronto, says chaos erupted when the plane was struck and a fire started outside.

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.

Alagheband says he heard conflicting instructions from people around him about whether to stand up and start making his way to the exits or sit back down in his seat.
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