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Two airplanes smashed into each other and caught fire at Toronto's airport


Two airplanes ran into each other at Toronto's Pearson International Airport Friday night, sparking a small fire and prompting an emergency evacuation of more than 160 passengers.

The incident occurred on the tarmac of the airport as a Sunwing Airlines aircraft was being backed out. It struck a WestJet aircraft had just arrived from Cancun, Mexico and was waiting to go to its designated gate, according to CNN. The crash started a small fire on the Sunwing aircraft, prompting the evacuation of 168 passengers and six crew who were aboard the WestJet plane. The Sunwing aircraft had no one aboard at the time of the incident.

Fire trucks and emergency personnel responded to the fire, while passengers evacuated on emergency slides as the flames rose on the Sunwing plane. No passengers or crew were injured, however, one emergency responder was taken to the hospital.

A video taken by a passenger showed the flames roaring from the Sunwing plane. Passengers could be heard screaming while they were told to remain seated.

"When you see all the fire and the smoke and everybody standing, people didn't know what to do," Adriana Lobo, a passenger who was traveling with her children aboard the WestJet plane, told CTV Network. She noted that the passengers were initiall unsure what had happened until they were evacuated.

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