By: Air Traveller PH Staff
An Air Canada Boeing 767 flying from Madrid to Toronto made an emergency landing in Madrid after part of its landing gear fell-off into one of the engines. All 128 passengers plus crew are safe. Air Canada flight AC837 declared an emergency shortly after take-off after the incident happened. The aircraft circled the air for about 2 hours to burn fuel before landing back to Madrid.
Shortly after take-off, a passenger heard a loud bang and noticed the smell of burned rubber, in a report from Simple Flying.
The aircraft circled the sky to burn fuel in order to make a safe emergency landing as it was carrying fuel for a non-stop flight from Madrid to Toronto and may be too heavy to execute a safe emergency landing.
The Spanish Air Force immediately scrambled F-18 fighter jets to look after and check the commercial aircraft. One F-18 jet was flying in parellel with the 767 as the pilots were undertaking a visual inspection of the aircraft which was reported to the Air Canada pilots. The information ws necessary for the commercial aircraft flight deck crew to execute a safe emergency landing.
The 767 landed safely at the Adolf Suarez Madrid - Barajas airport.
In a statement, Air Canada said, "The aircraft opted to return to Madrid and is currently circling to use up fuel and lighten the aircraft for landing.”
It also said, "the aircraft, a 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.”
The cause of the landing gear problem is still unknown.