TORONTO – WestJet and Sunwing collide at Pearson airport

(CNS) -Two planes collided at Toronto Pearson airport on Friday night, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority said.

A WestJet Boeing 737-800 aircraft had 168 passengers and six crew on board, and was stationary while waiting to proceed to the gate when the collision occurred, according to WestJet.

Toronto paramedics reported there were no injuries on the WestJet flight.

Beverly MacDonald, a representative for the Greater Toronto Airport Authority, said the Sunwing aircraft was not carrying any passengers at the time of the collision.

It was being towed by Sunwing’s ground crew, MacDonald said. She confirmed an investigation is underway.

MacDonald also said the WestJet craft was clipped by the Sunwing plane as the latter backed out from a gate. The Sunwing plane caught fire.

Pearson authorities confirmed fire and emergency services responded and passengers were evacuated via an emergency slide.

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