Plane and fuel truck collide at Toronto Pearson airport

Andrew Cummings
May 13, 2019

Five people have been hospitalized following an airplane's collision with a fuel tank truck at Toronto's Pearson Airport.

The driver of the fuel truck was charged with risky operation of a vehicle.

At 1:36 am on Friday, May 10, after clearance to taxi to the gate in Toronto, Air Canada Express flight AC8615 was struck by a fuel truck, according to a spokesperson for Jazz Aviation.

A spokesman for Peel Regional Police says the truck hit the plane three times, and five people - the pilot, co-pilot and three passengers - were treated for minor injuries. "Three crew and two passengers were transported to the hospital for further assessment - four have now been released".

Passengers and crew were evacuated from the aircraft and moved to the terminal, while airport emergency services responded to the collision.

The flight was en route to Sudbury when it was forced to turn back due to fog.

Beverly MacDonald wrote in an email that the plane collided with a Menzies fuel truck.

In a message posted to Twitter early Friday morning, Pearson International Airport said that the plane and vehicle were removed from the airport apron without any impact to operations.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada said it was deploying a team of investigators to the scene.

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