Madrid, Spain - A Boeing 767 jet from Air Canada was forced to return to Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport for an emergency landing on Feb. 3 after a part of the plane’s landing gear fell into one of its engines.
The plane safely touching down on the airport’s runway just before 1 p.m. ET. A spokesperson from Air Canada told Global News in a statement that Flight AC837 was returning from Madrid to Toronto with 128 passengers on board when it experienced an engine issue shortly after leaving the ground.
They said one of the aircraft’s 10 tires ruptured on takeoff, prompting an emergency landing.
The aircraft opted to return to Madrid and is currently circling to use up fuel and lighten the aircraft for landing,
the statement read.
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.
Spanish pilots union SEPLA said on Twitter that part of the plane’s landing gear had fallen off and gone into one of the engines.