Air Canada Jazz plane, fuel tanker truck collide at Toronto airport, injuring 5

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Air Canada Jazz plane, fuel tanker truck collide at Toronto airport, injuring 5

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Five people were injured when an Air Canada Jazz plane and a fuel tanker truck collided at Toronto’s Pearson International airport early today.

The collision occurred around 1:36 a.m. ET Friday as Flight 8615 was taxiing to a gate in Terminal 1 with 51 passengers aboard.

The plane was originally headed from Toronto to Sudbury, but turned back to Pearson due to bad weather in the northern Ontario city.

According to Peel Regional Police Sgt. Bancroft Wright, the tanker truck struck the plane and the driver has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle under the federal Aviation Act. 

“The plane was pretty much written off,” Wright told CBC Toronto.

The pilot, co-pilot, a flight attendant and two passengers were treated for injuries, according to Wright.

The Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) said in a brief email statement that three people were eventually transported to hospital, but it didn’t identify them.

TSB probing collision

The GTAA said passengers and crew were “evacuated safely” and moved into Terminal 1 following the collision. 

“The aircraft and vehicle have been removed and the scene has returned to normal operations. There is no operational impact at the airport,” it added. 

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is investigating.

Several followup questions posed by CBC Toronto to the GTAA were directed to the TSB and Air Canada.

This story originally appeared on CBC

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