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.
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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COVID-19: The situation could get out of control in the country
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Doctors reassigned to help nurses
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Quebec maintains the 90-day deadline for the vaccine
Quebec will continue to give the second dose of vaccine against COVID-19 within a maximum of 90 days, but agrees to relax its strategy. Some people may therefore receive this second injection sooner than the government has planned. “We aim to vaccinate as many people who can be vaccinated to save lives,” said the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, at a press conference. The Minister also invited residents and staff in CHSLDs who have been vaccinated not to relax compliance with health measures at the risk of causing new outbreaks. Public Health now recommends that the government administer the second dose within 42 to 90 days. The goal remains to vaccinate as many people as possible vulnerable to this disease to save as many lives as possible. The government rejects the blame on the fact that it has to deal with “very little vaccine” and argues that the more doses it receives, the more it can reduce the time between inoculation of the two doses.
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.
The Canadian Press