Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Five hospitalized after fire on Montreal airport tarmac

Planespotters take pictures of an airplane landing at the Montreal airport.


A fire on the tarmac at Montreal's Trudeau airport sent five people to hospital with minor injuries Monday.

The blaze erupted on a baggage belt unloading a Royal Air Maroc flight arriving from Casablanca just before 5 p.m.

With a thick cloud of smoke enveloping the plane, airline personnel chose to evacuate the Boeing 767.

Story continues below advertisement

Some of the 250 passengers had to slide out on emergency escape gear.

Seven were treated for smoke inhalation on the spot, with five of them agreeing to go to hospital for treatment. A few also suffered lower-body injuries during the bumpy escape.

"The crew decided to evacuate that way," said airport spokesman Francois-Nicolas Asselin.

"It was their decision. Could they have done it differently? It'll be up to Royal Air Maroc to explain that decision."

The federal Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the incident, and also seek to determine whether evacuation procedures were handled properly.

Report an error
As of December 20, 2017, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles as we switch to a new provider. We are behind schedule, but we are still working hard to bring you a new commenting system as soon as possible. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to