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Two planes collide on ground at Toronto's Pearson airport, one firefighter injured

Two planes collide on ground at Toronto's Pearson airport, one firefighter injured

In Canada, the nation's Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is investigating after two planes collided on a runway at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Friday afternoon. According to Reuters, a WestJet official said there were reports of "minor injuries" but that all 168 passengers and crew were safe and accounted for.

WestJet said one of its flights, inbound from Cancun, Mexico, with 168 passengers and a crew of six, was stationary and waiting to go to a gate when it was struck by a Sunwing aircraft moving back from a gate.

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. "Emergency crews were on hand and responded immediately", Westjet said in a statement.

The video shows the flames coming out of the plane's wing. There were no passengers aboard the Sunwing plane at the time of the collision.

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Passengers react to a plane colliding with their own at a Toronto airport

When the incident happened, the temperatures in the city were as low as -21 C, making the evacuation more hard.

Investigators are reportedly gathering information about the incident, including "how many ground crew were present, how many are required [and] what the procedures are for this type of maneuver", a Transportation Safety Board of Canada spokesperson told CBC.

The airport had said that the operations did not have a major effect by the accident, although due to the extreme cold conditions, it was challenging. "After a couple of seconds the entire thing ignited and it was chaos inside the plane".

Amid the screams, one person yelled: 'Calm down, that's not our plane on fire'. Everyone was a little shocked and kind of chuckling at the situation'.

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