An Air Canada Boeing 767-300 with 128 passengers on board landed in an emergency Monday night at Madrid airport due to a technical problem, Spanish officials said.
This Boeing 767-300, which had taken off from Madrid airport in the afternoon, landed around 19:10 (18:10 GMT), « no problem, » said on its Twitter account Entire, the air traffic control in Spain.
Before it could land, this plane, which was bound for Toronto, had been forced to fly over the Madrid region to lighten up by burning part of its fuel.
« Air Canada flight AC837 on the Madrid-Toronto route had an engine problem shortly after takeoff. One tire also exploded on takeoff, one of ten tires on this model plane, « a spokesperson for the Canadian company told AFP before landing.
« The aircraft chose to turn around to return to Madrid » and had to « circle the air in order to burn fuel to lighten up for landing, » she added.
According to the airport website, Air Canada flight, AC 837 took off at 2:33 p.m. (Madrid time).
The emergency services had deployed « preventive » firefighters and medical teams on-site while the Minister of Transport Jose Luis Abalos made the trip to the airport to follow the landing.
The Spanish Air Force also sent an F-18 fighter jet near the Boeing to « check the condition of the landing gear, » said the defense ministry. This emergency landing came a few hours after the temporary closure of the airspace around the Madrid airport due to the presumed presence of drones.
— AIRLIVE (@airlivenet) February 3, 2020