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Accident description
Last updated: 17 February 2018
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Friday 5 January 2018
Time:17:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-8FH (WL)
Operator:Sunwing Airlines
Registration: C-FPRP
C/n / msn: 39959/5414
First flight: 2015-05-14 (2 years 8 months)
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B26
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Toronto-Pearson International Airport, ON (YYZ) (   Canada)
Phase: Pushback / towing (PBT)
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Narrative:
Two Boeing 737-800 aircraft were involved in a collision on the ground at Toronto-Pearson International Airport, Canada.
WestJet flight WS2425, a Boeing 737-800 registered C-FDMB, landed on runway 24R at 17:39 hours local time following a flight from Cancún, Mexico. The flight taxied too Terminal 3 and was stopped with the engines and APU running, on Taxi-lane 2 on the north side of Pier B.
A Boeing 737-8FH aircraft operated by Sunwing (C-FPRP), was parked at Gate B13, and was being prepared to be towed to an alternate position on the infield. A Sunwing maintenance technician was in the cockpit of C-FPRP, and the aircraft's APU was running. Two ground personnel were in the cab of the tow vehicle. The tow vehicle was informed by the North Apron controller to pushback at their discretion.
The Sunwing aircraft (under tow) began to move back and the APU contacted the right wing of the stationary Westjet aircraft. A fire rapidly ensued. The WestJet flight crew immediately commenced the required steps for an evacuation, and an evacuation was ordered shortly after. The tow vehicle operator pulled the Sunwing aircraft back towards the gate to separate the two aircraft.
The slides on the WestJet aircraft were utilized on doors L1, R1 and L2, along with the over-wing exits on the left side; all passengers evacuated safely. The maintenance technician aboard the
Sunwing aircraft exited the left cockpit window using the emergency rope and received minor injuries.
ARFF arrived at the scene, and extinguished the fire. The Sunwing aircraft sustained substantial damage.

Classification:
Ground collision


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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