Air Canada reroutes Boeing 737 MAX after engine problem
An Air Canada Boeing 737-8 MAX flying from Arizona to Montreal with three crew members on board experienced an engine problem that forced it to land in Tucson, the airline said Friday.
Shortly after taking off on December 22, the pilots received an “engine notice and according to the standard procedure for such a situation, they decided to shut down an engine,” Air Canada wrote in a statement in French.
“The aircraft was diverted to Tucson, where it landed normally and remained,” Air Canada said, without specifying the nature of the malfunction that occurred during a non-commercial ‘positioning flight’.
According to the Belgian specialist website Aviation24.be, which reported the emergency landing for the first time, the malfunction was due to a drop in hydraulic pressure in the left engine.
The Canadian government announced in mid – December that it had approved the design changes that Boeing made to 737 MAX aircraft after two accidents in which 346 people were killed resulted in the aircraft being grounded.
But the plane, which was bought by Canadian airlines Air Canada, Westjet and Sunwing, is not yet authorized to operate commercial flights in Canadian airspace.
The US authorized the MAX to fly again in mid-November, but according to the Federal Aviation Administration, the aircraft must have made several modifications before it can be used again.
Two weeks ago, the Brazilian airline Gol became the first in the world to catch the 737