Fire as One Plane Crashes into Another at Toronto Pearson Airport

Two planes have collided on the ground at Toronto's Pearson Airport, causing a fire on one and sending passengers into a panic on the other. One person was injured.

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

The collision caused a small fire on the Sunwing's wing, causing passengers to scream, video footage of the incident showed. Jeremy Cohn, a Toronto news cameraman, shared audio of the mayday call from the WestJet flight to the control tower. In the audio, the pilot hurriedly notifies an evacuation and fire crews are scrambled.

WestJet said on Twitter: "Due to the position of the aircraft on the laneway, WestJet guests required evacuation via emergency slide".

He said the flight from Mexico had landed early, requiring the aircraft to wait on the ground before passengers could disembark.

Emergency crews responded immediately, the statement added.

Passenger Adrianna Lobo said the incident was "really scary".

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

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

Late Friday in NY, an accident also happened on a runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport when the right wing of a China Southern Airlines plane tipped the tail of a Kuwait Airlines plane, the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey said.

The Transportation Safety Board was onsite at Toronto Pearson Friday to investigate the collision, the airport confirmed.

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