Air Canada Boeing 767 returns safely to Madrid after engine issue

    Crew members and passengers of an Air Canada Boeing 767 aircraft which made an emergency landing, leave the terminal at Madrid's Barajas Airport, in Madrid, Spain February 3, 2020. REUTERS/Susana Vera

    An Air Canada Boeing 767 with 128 passengers and eight crew returned safely to Madrid’s Barajas airport on Monday. The case happened following an engine issue and a burst tyre on take-off that forced it to circle for hours to burn fuel before landing.

    The Boeing Co 767-300ER, which had left Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport bound for Toronto about four hours earlier, landed safely and fire engines rushing onto the runway. 

    “The aircraft has landed without incidents and the mechanics are evaluating its condition to determine the best way to disembark the passengers,” airport operator AENA said.

    Spain’s Transport Minister Jose Luis Abalos, who had made his way to the airport in the capital, took to Twitter to congratulate the pilot and crew for their expertise.

    Air Canada said in a statement that the plane circled for four hours “to use up fuel and lighten the aircraft for a safe landing” in Madrid after an engine issue and reported rupture of one of its 10 tyres. 

    “The aircraft, a Boeing 767-300, is designed to operate safely on one engine and our pilots are professionally and fully trained for this event,” Air Canada said in a statement.