A 48-year-old ground crew employee has died following an industrial accident at Pearson International Airport on Thursday night, Peel Regional Police say.

The man was an employee of Swissport International Ltd., an air cargo service.

Peel EMS officials said the man suffered chest injuries when he came into contact with a piece of equipment. There are reports the man may have been caught between a baggage loader and a plane.

Police said the man was pronounced dead at a trauma centre in Toronto. His name has not been released.

The incident occurred in an aircraft parking area, said Scott Armstrong, a spokesman for Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

The Ministry of Labour is investigating.

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