|Air Canada Boeing 767 made emergency landing in Madrid Photo: Airlive|
The Boeing 767-300 was operating flight AC837 with 128 passengers on board along with 8 crew members.
Pilots were forced to make an emergency landing when the plane suffered an engine issue shortly after take-off citing a number of engine compressor stalls along with a ruptured tire.
An F-18 fighter jet was deployed from one of the military airport near Madrid, to escort the plane and inspect for any damage done to the landing gear.
The plane landed in Madrid’s Barajas Airport at 7:15 pm local time on Monday. It was scheduled to land in Toronto at 15:40 local time.
After the pilot requested an emergency landing around half an hour into the flight, it spent more than four hours circling to the south east of Madrid to lighten the load before landing.
According to Spain’s pilot union, it was reported that the aircraft lost part of its landing gear, which eventually entered its engine.
Pictures from social media shows flame coming the left engine.
#AC837 so just at take off there was a huge bang under my seat and then I saw smoke and flames from the left engine. This pic is from a quick video I took and one frame shows the fire for a split second. pic.twitter.com/f67Tp43XI6
— Aaron C. (@thelastfedor) February 3, 2020
A loud bang was heard on board and one of the passenger filmed the flame out from the left-side engine.
|The ruptured types after landing|
“Air Canada flight AC837, Madrid to Toronto, experienced an engine issue shortly after take-off. A tire also reportedly ruptured on take-off, one of 10 on this model of aircraft. The aircraft opted to return to Madrid and is currently circling to use up fuel and lighten the aircraft for landing.” ,Air Canada said in a statement prior to the landing.
“Boeing 767-300, is designed to operate on one engine and our pilots are fully trained for this eventuality. Nonetheless, an emergency was declared in order to obtain landing priority. There are 128 passengers on board. We have no further details on the cause at present.”
Just after dark the plane was finally ready to land safely. Much to the relief of everyone on board the flight.
Emergency service vehicles including ambulances and fire engines were deployed at the capital’s airport.
|Emergency service vehicles were deployed at the airport.|
According to reports, the Boeing 767-300ER was 30 years old.
All the passengers were brought to a hotel until the next available seats for their flight back to Toronto.