Video footage shows flames coming from one of the planes as passengers are heard screaming. Jeremy Cohn, a Toronto news cameraman, shared audio of the mayday call from the WestJet flight to the control tower. The pilot hurriedly notifies an evacuation and fire crews are scrambled.
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.
“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.
Sunwing said there were no crew members or passengers aboard its aircraft. It was being towed by the airline’s ground handling service provider at the time of the incident.
Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating.
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