WestJet stops 737 Max before take off due to “potential” problem

CALGARY – WestJet reported on Friday that a Boeing 737 Max scheduled to fly from Calgary to Toronto returned to the gate before take off due to a cockpit warning.

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WestJet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart explained that after the aircraft’s engines were started, her monitoring system indicated a “potential problem that needed to be checked and reset.”

The process is time consuming and requires an engine check, which the airline does not do when passengers are on board an aircraft, Stewart said.

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WestJet canceled the flight and reserved seats for affected customers on the next available flight to Toronto, Stewart added.

The aircraft has since received the green light from the maintenance team and will be returned to service as scheduled on January 24, she said.

The 737 Max was cleared for flight in Canadian airspace on Wednesday, after being grounded for nearly two years following fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

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