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

The collision at Torontos Pearson Airport on Friday sparked a fire temporarily suspending flights the airport authority said

The collision at Torontos Pearson Airport on Friday sparked a fire temporarily suspending flights the airport authority said

A fire sparked by the collision of two commercial airplanes prompted the evacuation of dozens of passengers at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Other passengers said the plane "shook slightly" when it was struck and then moments later, the back of the Sunwing plane ignited.

WestJet says 168 passengers and six crew members were on the flight, all of whom were got to safety by sliding down the emergency chutes.

According to one passenger account, the tail of the Sunwing plane backed into the wing of the WestJet flight, causing a fire to break out, reported CTV.

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

The jet, a Boeing 737-800, had just arrived in Toronto from the resort of Cancun, Mexico, and was waiting to proceed to the gate at the time of the collision, Westjet said.

'We are aware of an incident that occurred shortly after 6pm this evening at Toronto Pearson Airport where a Sunwing aircraft, under tow by our ground handling service provider, came into contact with another aircraft.

As wintry conditions continue to wreak havoc throughout the east, two airports have reported unrelated collisions between aircraft on the tarmac.

Toronto Pearson said that one member of the Fire and Emergency Service was taken to hospital and treated for injuries sustained from the incident. Everyone was a little shocked and kind of chuckling at the situation'.

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.

One of the eyewitness Gustavo Lobo said to CBC News "It was chaos".

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