A possible accident was averted at the Toronto’s Pearson Airport late night Friday where a plane under tow collided with a jet that was arriving and waiting for parking at the airport. The airport authority had reported this collision to cause small fire and nothing injurious ever happening to the passengers boarded the plane. All the passengers were safely evacuated before any catastrophic incident occurred.
Fast action was taken on the moment:
Fire and emergency services were very quick to take action on this matter and responded as soon as possible to the collision between the two planes that were arriving from the Sunwing Airlines and Westjet Airlines at 23:19 GMT, Friday. In this context, Calgary-based Westjet had reported only “minor injuries” and nothing serious to worry about in the incident. The Greater Toronto Airport Authority has mentioned in their statement that all 168 passengers and 6 crew members of the plane were safe.
What happened in the scene?
Sunwing, a part which is privately held by Sunwing Travel Group mentioned that their plane was empty at the time of the collision and there were no passengers or crew members were boarded in the plane either. This plane was being towed by the ground handler Swissport International Ltd. On the other case, the jet which was from Westjet, a Boeing 737-800 which had landed on the Toronto from the resort of Cancun, Mexico was just moving towards the gate when this collision happened.
The further investigation:
This collision did not bring any serious consequences but Transportation Safety Board, the transportation regulator of Canada, did not neglect this issue is just a minor accident. A spokesman from the board had mentioned that there will be further investigation on the matter and a team is selected to confirm the issue with proper results. This team is on their way to the airport.
The provider of ground and cargo handling services for the aviation industry, Swissport has reported that on the late night of Friday, one of its employees was involved in the matter and can be useful to find the solution for this further investigation. That employee is ready to cooperate in this matter.
Although nothing serious has occurred in the scene what brought this issue in the first place was surely something important in this collision. It is indeed a matter of safety for the passengers on board of the Boeing. The reporters were given a statement from Pierre Payette, vice president of Swissport Canada Handling Inc responsible for the exact operations for Toronto Airport that this was an incident was their one employee was involved.
That employee was involved with the plane undertow which was being pushed back from the gate. At the same time, the Boeing which had just arrived was moving toward the gate. The two planes collided with each other in this situation and caused a small fire in the exterior generator of the plane which was empty at the moment. He mentions that the fire was extinguished as soon as possible by the Fire Department before any serious consequences could appear.