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Plane and fuel truck collide

It was a crash that happened back in May of 2019.

A fuel tanker truck and a small plane, operated by Air Canada, collided on the tarmac at Pearson Airport.

Originally, it was reported that five people suffered injuries, but that's since been updated to reveal 15 people were hurt.

But, some were hurt during the evacuation of the small, twin-prop aircraft.

The Transportation Safety Board has released their findings of the investigation into the crash.

"The Captain and crew of the aircraft has trouble because of the darkness, the rain and the reflected light of the overhead lights and they didn't see the tanker coming," says Ken Webster from the TSB. "The fuel tanker's driver cab, it was difficult from him to see because of an elevating platform, similar to a ladder platform on the right-side of the cab."

The collision was significant enough that the plane was taken out of service.

But it's what happened after the crash.

"The evacuation was hindered in part, by people trying to retreive their personal belongings and not following flight attendants orders," says Webster.

There was also at least one case of a person who took off their seatbelt before being allowed to do so, and fell into the aisle, again hindering the movement of the flight crew.

When it came time to get off the plane, more problems arose.

The type of plane in the collision is smaller and low to the ground, so it's not equipped with inflatable ramps from the door.

"In this case, some of the passengers were jumping from the exits. However, the proper proceedure would have been to sit at the exit and then lower yourself down." says Webster. "All of this information is in the passenger briefing cards, so that's one of our recommendations, is that it's important to read those cards."

The driver of the truck in this case was originally charged with dangerous driving.

The company that operates the fuel truck, has installed cameras, both on the side where the visibility is obstructed, and behind the vehicle.