May 26, 2019

Fuel truck hits plane destined for Sudbury at Toronto Pearson airport

11 May 2019, 02:24 | Hattie Nash

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Three people were taken to hospital after being injured when an Air Canada plane they were traveling on collided with a fuel truck at Toronto Pearsons Airport.

A fuel truck driver has been charged with risky driving after the vehicle hit a plane at Toronto's Pearson airport.

Earlier in the day, a spokeswoman for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which operates Pearson, said three people suffered minor injuries in the incident.

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A spokesman for Jazz Aviation, which operated the flight under an agreement with Air Canada, says one of the injured passengers remained in hospital Friday morning.

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.

Peel Regional Police told CP24 the truck driver was charged with one count of risky driving.

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A spokesperson for the airline tells CP24 that the plane came to a "full stop" after the collision and "the crew deplaned passengers quickly".

Flight 8615 had been bound for Sudbury, Ontario, from Toronto with 51 passengers aboard but was turned back because of bad weather.

"Airport emergency services responded, and passengers and crew evacuated safely and have been moved to Terminal 1", the GTTA said.

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"The aircraft and vehicle were removed and no operational impact at the airport".

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