Air Canada says a Boeing 767 airplane bound for London, England, had to be diverted to Montreal early Thursday after an engine malfunction.
Flight 860 was carrying 138 passengers when it departed Halifax around midnight.
About 35 minutes into the flight, the aircraft’s left engine experienced a malfunction that caused a loud noise, said Isabelle Arthur, a spokeswoman for the airline.
“Maintenance is inspecting the engine and at this time, there is no indication there was a fire as the engine extinguishers did not automatically discharge,” Arthur wrote in an email.
She said the pilots shut the engine down and made plans to divert.
When the plane couldn’t land in Halifax because of a thunder and lightning storm, it was re-routed to Montreal where Arthur said it landed safely.
“We understand that this event was unsettling for passengers but all crew members are fully trained to handle situations of this nature,” she said.
Passengers were put up in hotels and continued their flight Thursday on another aircraft.
Should The Plane Have Even Taken Off Due To Storms In The Area??
Passengers are questioning whether the plane should have left Halifax in the first place.
“That was on everybody’s mind,” a passenger said. “Should we have even taken off with lightning around us?”
The plane couldn’t return to Halifax because of the bad weather. It landed safely in Montreal about 2Â½ hours after takeoff.
Isabelle Arthur, a spokeswoman for Air Canada, said the crew followed standard operating procedures.
“We understand that this event was unsettling for passengers but all crew members are fully trained to handle situations of this nature, including our flight attendants ensuring the cabin and passengers are safe for landing,” she said in an email.
The plane is out of service while technicians examine the engine.
An Air Canada Boeing 767-300, registration C-FMWY performing flight AC-860 (scheduled dep Jun 1st) from Halifax,NS (Canada) to London Heathrow,EN (UK) with 138 people on board, was climbing through FL200 when a loud bang from the left hand engine (PW4060) was heard in the cabin. The crew shut the engine down, but could not return to Halifax due to weather (thunderstorms over the airfield with other aircraft already going around), considered diversions to Moncton,NB and Sydney,NS (Canada) and decided to divert to Montreal,QC (Canada) where the aircraft landed safely on runway 24R almost 2.5 hours after departure from Halifax.