Planes collide at Toronto's Pearson Airport; passengers safe

An empty Sunwing Airlines Boeing 737 under tow caught fire on the ramp at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Friday evening after clipping a WestJet 737, resulting in the emergency evacuation of the WestJet aircraft.

The Transportation Safety Board's investigation into a collision between two planes will examine whether a major airline followed its evacuation protocols, a spokesman said Saturday.

The WestJet flight was carrying 168 passengers and a crew of six at the time of the collision.

But passengers have offered accounts of confusion aboard the plane and allegations that procedures were not clearly communicated.

Emergency crews responded immediately, the statement added. "We looked out the window and saw that the plane had backed up into us".

No passengers were injured, but a member of the airport's fire and emergency services was taken to the hospital, CNN affiliate CTV Network reported. After a couple of seconds the entire thing ignited and it was chaos inside the plane.

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Flight attendants eventually evacuated the passengers, who had just landed at the airport after flying in from Cancun, Mexico, on emergency slides.

"I started crying because I realised what happened", she said.

The Sunwing, which had no passengers on board, was being towed out of a gate at the time.

He says he was in a seat opposite the part of the plane that was struck, and he wasn't able to hear instructions from crewmembers or the pilot over the commotion.

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

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