Videos shows Air Canada flight to Paris experiences engine issues and returns to Pearson Airport in Mississauga


Published June 7, 2024 at 10:40 am

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Another Air Canada flight had to turn around due to engine issues and videos seem to show orange flashes of light from the aircraft as it took off from Pearson Airport in Mississauga.

Air Canada flight 872 was destined for Paris Charles de Gaulle/Roissy airport but returned to Pearson Airport on Wednesday night (June 5), according to FlightAware.

According to FlightAware, the Boeing 777-300ER took off from Pearson on time at 8:46 p.m. but turned around a short time later. The plane landed back at Pearson just before 10 p.m.

Air Canada did not respond to requests for information from on the flight but news reports indicate the aircraft experienced engine issues, returned and safely taxied back to the gate on its own.

The 389 passengers on board were safe and put on another aircraft departing later Wednesday night, reports indicate.

“The aircraft will be taken out of service for further evaluation by our maintenance and engineering professionals,” Air Canada told news outlets.

Videos are circulating on social media purporting to show orange flashes of light coming from the Air Canada plane.

Air Canada responded to the videos circulating online with a post on X around 2 p.m. today.

In the post, Air Canada said there was an engine issue on the June 5, AC872 flight.

The issue was a compressor stall, which can happen with a turbine engine when its aerodynamics are affected, the statement reads.

“This can be caused by various factors, but the result is the flow of air through the engine is disrupted causing fuel to ignite further down the engine, which is why flames are visible in the video,” the statement reads. “It is not the engine itself on fire.”

Air Canada said their pilots are trained to managed this type of incident.

This incident follows another emergency just a few weeks ago.

On May 27, AC42, also a Boeing 777, destined for New Delhi, India experienced an engine issue, dumped fuel and declared an emergency.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with more information from Air Canada just before 3 p.m. on June 7.

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