An Air Canada Boeing Co 737-8 Max N route between Arizona and Montreal encountered an engine problem with three crew members that forced the aircraft to divert the aircraft to Tucson, Arizona, the airline’s Have to say
An Air Canada spokesman said on Friday that soon after take-off, the pilots received an “engine indication” and “a decision to shut down one engine”.
“The plane then left for Tucson, where it normally landed and stays.”
The incident took place on 22 December.
Belgian aviation news website Aviation24.be reported that the crew received left engine hydraulic low pressure indications and declared a pan-pan emergency before taking off.
“Modern aircraft are designed to operate with an engine and our crew trains for such operations”, the Air Canada statement said.
Boeing and operators are ready for an increased scrutiny as the 737 MAX returns from 20 months of safety grounding, but safety experts say such glits are common and usually unnoticed.
The United States dropped the Max to the ground in March 2019 due to faulty sensors, two aircraft crashes and a design flaw, which repeatedly pushed the aircraft’s nose down.
In the first incident, at least 189 people died on an Honor Lion Air Flight JT610, a Boeing 737 Max 8 jet, when it crashed in October 2018, shortly after taking off from the Indonesian capital Jakarta. In March 2019, the second Boeing 737 Max 8 – Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 – en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi crashed. The crash killed 157 people from 35 different countries, including eight crew members.
The US lifted a flight ban on the 737 MAX last month, its federal aviation administration software, systems and training upgrades Boeing and the airlines must complete before carrying passengers.
In response to Reuters’ request for comment on the Air Canada flight, a Boeing spokesperson referred Air Canada for information on the incident and provided no additional comment.