Air Canada passenger opens cabin door, falls to tarmac at Pearson

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An passenger was injured Monday after boarding a plane in Toronto, opening a cabin door and falling to the tarmac.
The Boeing 777 was reportedly still at the gate at Pearson Airport when the bizarre incident unfolded as passengers boarded flight AC056.
Air Canada told Global News one passenger “boarded the aircraft normally,” but instead of taking their seat, they walked to the other side of the aircraft and opened a cabin door.
The passenger fell to the tarmac, suffering undisclosed injuries and prompting emergency crews to respond.
“We can confirm all of our approved boarding and cabin operating procedures were followed,” Air Canada said in a statement to Global News.
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Flight AC056 – scheduled to carry 319 passengers – was reportedly delayed about six hours before taking off bound for Dubai.

The Greater Toronto Airport Authority confirmed they are aware of the incident.

“We learned of an incident on an Air Canada flight during boarding Monday evening and worked with the airline, Peel Regional and Peel EMS to support and determine the immediate needs,” GTAA spokesperson Stephanie Smyth said.

Few details were immediately released, so why the passenger opened the door or how they fell to the tarmac is unclear.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

– With files from Jane Stevenson

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