An Air Canada Boeing 737-8 MAX, which was flying between Arizona and Montreal with three crew on board, experienced an engine problem that forced it to land in Tucson, the agency has learned. France-Presse (AFP) Friday, December 25 with the company.
Shortly after takeoff from Marana, Arizona, on December 22, the aircraft pilots “Received an engine indication and, according to standard operating procedure for such a situation, they made the decision to shut down a reactor”, Air Canada explained in an email.
“The aircraft was diverted to Tucson, where it landed normally and still remains there” adds Air Canada, without specifying the nature of the dysfunction, which occurred during a “Positioning flight” non-commercial.
According to the Belgian specialist site Aviation24.be, which revealed the information, a drop in hydraulic pressure in the left reactor is at the origin of this incident.
Boeing 737 MAX authorized to fly again in the United States
The Canadian government announced in mid-December that it had validated the changes made to the design of the Boeing 737 MAX, grounded for twenty-one months following two accidents that claimed the lives of 346 people. But the aircraft, purchased by Canadian companies Air Canada, Westjet and Sunwing, has still not received clearance to resume commercial flights in Canada.
The United States authorized the Boeing 737 MAX to fly again in mid-November, but several modifications will have to be made to the planes before they can be returned to service, according to the United States Aviation Agency (FAA) .
Last week, Brazilian company Gol became the first in the world to return the Boeing 737 MAX to service on a smooth commercial flight between Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre.