BREAKING NEWS Butte County Sheriff's Office confirms man hit by train was killed Full Story
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Planes collide on Toronto airport tarmac; fire prompts evacuation

Two commercial airplanes collided on the ground at Toronto Pearson International Airport Friday night, sparking a sma...

Posted: Jan 7, 2018 12:20 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2018 12:20 PM

Two commercial airplanes collided on the ground at Toronto Pearson International Airport Friday night, sparking a small fire and prompting the evacuation of dozens of passengers, the city's airport authority said.

A Sunwing Airlines aircraft backed out while being towed, striking a WestJet aircraft that had arrived from Cancun and was waiting to proceed to a gate, officials said.

There were 168 passengers and six crew members aboard the arriving airplane, according to Lauren Stewart, a WestJet spokeswoman.

There were no passengers or crew members aboard the Sunwing Airlines aircraft, the airline tweeted. The aircraft was being towed by a "ground handling service provider," the airline tweeted.

Fire trucks and ambulances descended on the tarmac when a small fire on the Sunwing aircraft began, said Beverly MacDonald, a spokeswoman with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

Video footage shows the passengers exiting an aircraft on an emergency slide as flames rose from the tail of the other airplane.

While no passengers were injured, a member of the airport's fire and emergency services was taken to the hospital, CNN affiliate CTV Network reported.

Adriana Lobo, who was traveling with her children aboard the WestJet plane, said passengers were initially unsure of what had happened until they were evacuated.

"When you see all the fire and the smoke and everybody standing, people didn't know what to do," she told CTV Network.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3074812

Reported Deaths: 35060
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles103873814416
San Bernardino2569141560
Riverside2510002676
San Diego2185552174
Orange2165092508
Santa Clara949051129
Kern87240572
Fresno83200968
Sacramento811831128
Alameda68649788
Ventura62774462
San Joaquin58843788
Contra Costa53349460
Stanislaus43121766
Tulare42186515
Monterey36464255
San Mateo32887309
San Francisco29502266
Solano25983107
Santa Barbara25405243
Imperial25333474
Merced24570316
Sonoma24184242
Kings19588148
Placer17490184
San Luis Obispo16056140
Madera13528151
Santa Cruz12461113
Marin11732159
Yolo10789138
Shasta9750123
Butte9528128
El Dorado788649
Sutter782879
Napa767244
Lassen519916
San Benito500346
Yuba499627
Tehama433244
Tuolumne340340
Nevada323474
Mendocino319232
Amador302431
Lake262531
Humboldt242725
Glenn194820
Colusa17969
Calaveras162123
Siskiyou145713
Mono11244
Inyo98329
Del Norte8672
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3044
Sierra820
Alpine730
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 33°
Oroville
Clear
40° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 40°
Chico
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 37°
Red Bluff
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 17°
Feels Like: 37°
Red Bluff
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 37°
Chico
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 37°
We'll be staying dry today, but clouds will be increasing. Temperatures will be cooler today. We'll have even cooler temperatures, rain, and snow on the way in your Friday forecast. Heavier rain and snow are projected late this weekend and next week.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events