Reports of black smoke and possible fire returns Boeing 767 to Toronto.
An Air Canada flight bound for Ottawa before continuing to London was forced to return to Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ), after reports of black smoke coming from one of the engines. The Toronto Sun reports the flight, Air Canada Flight 476, landed without problems, despite reports of smoke and fire coming from an engine.
The flight departed from YYZ without problems, but began experiencing issues shortly after takeoff. According to CTV News staffer Tom Podolec, the flight experienced issues just northeast of the major Canadian city. The pilots immediately declared an emergency, before returning to the airport.
— Tom Podolec CTV News (@TomPodolec) July 29, 2017
Those on the ground reported flames coming out of one of the Boeing 767’s engines, followed by dark black smoke. The aircraft was met by emergency vehicles upon landing, where photographs show the fire extinguished.
“I watched it throw flames out of its engine as it flew over my house,” a Twitter user who witnessed the incident wrote, according to the Toronto Sun. “It stayed low and banked hard to turn around.”
None of the 175 flyers were injured as a result of the emergency landing. A replacement aircraft was quickly identified and passengers were allowed to continue to Ottawa, before continuing to London. Air Canada confirmed the incident took place, with a preliminary investigation identifying an “engine anomaly” as the cause of the incident. Maintenance workers will look further into the cause of the engine failure.