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05/10/2019 11:12 EDT | Updated 05/10/2019 11:17 EDT

Air Canada Jazz Flight Hit By Fuel Truck While On Tarmac At Toronto Pearson Airport

The incident didn't affect airport operations, however.

An Air Canada Jazz flight that was on the tarmac at Toronto Pearson Airport was hit by a truck three times, according to a police spokeswoman.

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Five people were taken to hospital with minor injuries and a fuel truck driver was charged after a truck hit a plane on the tarmac at Toronto Pearson airport early Friday morning.

Authorities say the Air Canada Jazz flight with 51 people on board had left for Sudbury, Ont., but turned around because of bad weather and was taxiing back to the gate when it was struck at 1:36 a.m.

A spokeswoman 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.

Team of investigators heading to scene

Const. Iryna Yashnyk says the man driving the fuel truck was not injured and faces a charge of dangerous driving.

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

A spokeswoman for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which operates Pearson, says the incident had no impact on operations.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says in a statement that it's deploying a team of investigators to the scene.

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