INCIDENT: Air Canada Boeing 737-8 MAX Suffers Engine Issue

An Air Canada Boeing Co 737-8 Max en route between Arizona and Montreal with three crew members on board suffered an engine issue on December 22, that compelled the crew to divert the aircraft to Tucson, Arizona.

The Canadian airline company revealed via an email sent to newsmen on Friday, December 25.

According to Air Canada spokesman “Shortly after the take-off, the pilots received an “engine indication” and “decided to shut down one engine.”

“The aircraft then diverted to Tucson, where it landed normally and remains.”

The crew received a left engine hydraulic low pressure indication and declared a PAN PAN emergency before diverting the flight.

“Modern aircraft are designed to operate with one engine and our crews train for such operations”, the Air Canada statement added.

In a response to reporters request for comment, a Boeing spokeswoman referred newsmen to Air Canada for information on the incident and did not provide any additional comment.

Boeing and operators are bracing for heightened scrutiny as the MAX returns from a 20 month safety grounding, but safety experts say such glitches are common and usually go unnoticed.

The ‘MAX was grounded following two crashes linked in part to flawed cockpit software. The engines were not implicated.

The United States lifted a 20-month-old flight ban on the 737 MAX last month, with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration outlining details of the software, system and training upgrades Boeing and airlines must complete before carrying passengers.


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