Plane evacuated after Toronto airport collision

Canada's Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.

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.

The aircraft was stationary and waiting for a gate when the Sunwing plane, which was being pushed back from the gate, ran into it.

WestJet said all 168 passengers and six crew members on board its plane were safe and accounted for.

Sunwing, part of the privately held Sunwing Travel Group, said there were no passengers or crew onboard its plane at the time of the collision, and that the aircraft was being towed by ground handler Swissport International Ltd. There were no passengers on the China Southern plane, Marsico said.

Passengers on the WestJet flight were evacuated, CBC reports, and a firefighter responding to the scene was sent to the hospital after his face was exposed to a chemical, possibly antifreeze.

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

He said the resulting commotion made it hard to hear instructions from the flight crew, adding what information came through was sometimes contradictory.

The Sunwing, which had no passengers on board, was being towed out of a gate at the time.

Alagheband said he never heard announcements coming from the pilot clarifying how to proceed, a situation he said was unsafe given the fact that a fire was burning near an area where plane fuel is stored.

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

Toronto's Pearson Airport said on Twitter that some flight operations had been impacted by the incident and an investigation was underway.

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