Engine failure on Air Canada flight leads to emergency landing at YVR

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Flight AC 538 departed Vancouver International Airport at 1:10 p.m. Sunday and was scheduled to make a three-hour flight to Anchorage, according to flight records.

STEPHANIE IP & DAVID CARRIGG, Vancouver Sun – Updated: June 23, 2019

An Air Canada flight bound for Anchorage, Alaska on Sunday was delayed when it made an emergency landing in Vancouver. FRANCIS GEORGIAN / PNG

An Air Canada flight bound from Vancouver to Anchorage, Alaska, returned mid-flight on Sunday after an engine loss.

Flight AC 538 departed Vancouver International Airport at 1:10 p.m. Sunday and was scheduled to make a three-hour flight to Anchorage, according to flight records.

Just over halfway into the trip, the flight turned around and requested an emergency landing at YVR.

YVR spokeswoman Andrea Pham confirmed the flight landed safely.

In a prepared statement, Air Canada said the flight had 112 passengers and had returned to Vancouver after an engine shutdown.

“Aircraft are designed to fly on one engine and our pilots are trained for such situations,” the airline said.

Flight Aware shows that the plane, an A320 aircraft, touched down around 3:06 p.m. in Vancouver.

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