Air Canada redirects Boeing 737 MAX after engine problem

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A Boeing 737 MAX of the Brazilian airline Gol lands at Salgado Filho Airport in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (File)

Montreal Canada:

An Air Canada Boeing 737-8 MAX, which was flying from Arizona to Montreal with three crew members on board, had an engine problem that forced it to land in Tucson, the airline said on Friday.

Shortly after take-off on December 22nd, pilots “received an engine notification and decided to shut down an engine in accordance with the standard operating procedure for such a situation,” Air Canada said in a French statement.

“The aircraft was diverted to Tucson, where it landed and remains normally,” Air Canada said, without disclosing the nature of the malfunction that occurred during a non-commercial “positioning flight”.

According to the Belgian specialty site 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 Boeing made to 737 MAX aircraft after the aircraft landed in two crashes that killed 346 people.

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However, the aircraft purchased by the Canadian airlines Air Canada, Westjet and Sunwing is not yet approved for commercial flights in Canadian airspace.

The USA allowed the MAX to fly again in mid-November. However, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, some changes will need to be made to the aircraft before it can be put back into service.

Two weeks ago, the Brazilian airline Gol was the first in the world to put the 737 MAX back into service.

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