Plane forced to land in Toronto involved in 2 other incidents
Published Tuesday, May 29, 2012 10:56PM EDT
An Air Canada plane forced to make an emergency landing in Toronto Monday after its engine failed and parts of it fell to the ground below was involved in two other incidents, according to the Transport Canada database
According to Transport Canada, which tracks significant incidents involving Canadian planes, smoke and flames were observed from the same Air Canada Boeing 777 passenger plane after it landed at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport on March 30, 2010.
"Emergency services attended and confirmed the presence of smoke, and followed the aircraft to the gate," reads the report.
There was no damage listed as a result of that incident. A valve was subsequently replaced, the report says.
On June 9, 2009, the same plane was landing in Vancouver after a flight from Hong Kong when the plane hit about six geese on its descent.
The Transport Canada report indicates that both engines on the plane were damaged by the geese.
The fan nose cowl on one engine was dented and at least four fan blades on the other engine were also damaged, along with the right wing.
"The aircraft will be out of service until the damage is fully determined and repaired," said the report at that time.
Damage during that incident was listed as minor in the report.
In Monday's incident, the Air Canada plane bound for Tokyo was forced to make an emergency landing at the Toronto Pearson International Airport shortly after one of its engines failed upon takeoff.
"The flight crew declared an emergency and jettisoned fuel for approximately one hour to reduce the landing weight of the aircraft," reads an initial report from Transport Canada.
Witnesses reported seeing smoke from the plane as it took off.
Parts of its engine dropped to the ground below. The hot metal bits damaged several cars on the ground.
Transport Safety Board regional manager Don Enns confirmed that small pieces of metal found in the airport parking lot and scattered across areas of Mississauga, Ont. dislodged from the turbine section of one of the Boeing 777's engines
No one was injured by the falling debris.
After circling the airport to dump fuel, the plane, which was carrying 318 passengers and 16 crew members, landed safely around 4 p.m.
Transport Canada, Air Canada and the airport authority are continuing their own investigations into the incident.
Nick Stoss, a former Transportation Safety Board investigator, said a team of investigators will interview the flight crew from the Boeing 777, examine flight recorders on board the aircraft and in the engines and conduct a proper examination of the engine themselves.
"We only know that indeed something happened to an engine," Stoss told CTV's Canada AM on Tuesday. "The engines basically are very well made and designed to very high standards, including tests to determine how well that engine can withstand internal damage."
The passengers on Monday's flight were rescheduled onto another flight, which landed safely in Japan on Tuesday.
--with files from Matthew Coutts