Plane evacuated due to fuel leak at Toronto Pearson airport, Canada

Airport staff clean up after a fuel spill at Pearson International Airport on Saturday. An Air Canada flight bound for Calgary was briefly evacuated during the cleanup.

A fuel overflow resulted in an Air Canada flight being evacuated at Toronto Pearson Airport Saturday morning.

A valve on the Calgary-bound plane was incorrectly set, Air Canada media spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick said in an email. Fuel overflowed as the aircraft was being filled, and emergency services were called to the scene.

Passengers evacuated the plane as a precautionary measure, and the spill was cleaned up. The aircraft eventually departed to Calgary, and safely landed about 40 minutes later than expected.

The plane was an Airbus A121, with 161 passengers on board.

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