Published On: Tue, Jan 9th, 2018

Toronto Pearson Airport: Two planes collide, spark a fire VIDEO

Two planes from separate airlines collided at Toronto Pearson Airport on Friday evening causing chaos among passengers.

A WestJet aircraft with 176 passengers and crew aboard was in queue for the gate when a Sunwing plane carrying no passengers backed into it, the CBC News reports.

“Out of nowhere there was an audible crunch and the plane rocked slightly,” Gustavo Lobo, a passenger aboard the WestJet plane told CBC News. “We looked out the window and saw that the plane had backed up into us. Everyone was a little shocked and kind of chuckling at the situation.”

“Panic set in when [we saw]what seemed to be fuel spewing from the crash. After a couple of seconds the entire thing ignited and it was chaos inside the plane. People screaming and panicking all while the flight attendants shouted to try and control the situation,” Lobo said.

A video of the incident shows a small fire on the outside of the aircraft, as passengers are heard yelling inside. Quickly after the fire started, the travelers were forced to evacuate the jet via slides.

Check out the clip at the bottom.

“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.

There were no injuries among those on the WestJet plane; however, one person from the Toronto Pearson Fire and Emergency Service sustained injuries, which were not specified, and was taken to the hospital, CBC reports.

“Following the incident at Toronto Pearson’s Terminal 3 this evening, all Westjet passengers aboard Flight WS2425 have been safely returned to the terminal and are being cleared by Canadian Border Services Agency,” the airport announced on their website.

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