An Air Canada plane bound for Toronto made an emergency landing at Madrid International Airport on Monday after pilots reported an engine problem and a tire blowout shortly after takeoff.
The Boeing 767 carrying 128 passengers flew at length over the south-east of the Adolfo Suarez-Barajas airport “to consume fuel and lighten the plane for landing,” Air Canada said.
The “engine problem” occurred soon after takeoff, according to the carrier. One of the aircraft’s ten tires also allegedly burst on takeoff.
Madrid airport administration spokesman Ignacio Montesinos said the pilot reported an “emergency” to air traffic controllers.
“Our pilots are fully trained for this eventuality,” said Air Canada in an email.
The Spanish Ministry of Defense has claimed that an F18 fighter plane took off from a military airport in the Madrid region in an attempt to assess the damage to the Boeing’s landing gear.
A spokesman for Spain’s airport management body said the aircraft’s landing gear did not fold properly after takeoff and that one of its parts may have damaged the aircraft. one of the aircraft engines.
The flight-tracking site Flightradar24 showed the route of the plane on Monday, which circled over Madrid for more than two and a half hours after taking off at around 3 p.m. (9 a.m. Montreal time).
Residents of Madrid have posted videos of a plane flying low over the city centre and the suburbs of the Spanish capital.
Earlier Monday, authorities at the main Madrid airport had suspended all landings and takeoffs for more than an hour after drones were seen in the area. Twenty-six flights had to be redirected to other airports.
Flight AC837 was scheduled to fly to Toronto Pearson Airport, where its arrival was more than seven hours late on Monday.