TSB investigates fire in landing gear of Air Canada plane in Montreal

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BY STAFF THE CANADIAN PRESS Posted February 25, 2020

An Air Canada Jazz aircraft sits at a terminal at the Ottawa airport on April 13, 2012.
 An Air Canada Jazz aircraft sits at a terminal at the Ottawa airport on April 13, 2012. Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating after a suspected fire broke out in the landing gear of an Air Canada Jazz plane as it landed at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport Tuesday morning.

The agency said no injuries were reported and no emergency evacuation of the plane was required.

The Dash 8 aircraft was heading to the gate after arriving from Ottawa at about 6 a.m. when the fire was spotted in the landing gear, according to the TSB.

A spokesperson said airport firefighters were quickly able to put it out, and the plane was then towed to the gate to allow passengers to disembark.

Air Canada characterized the incident as “a failure on one of the ball bearings on one of the wheels,” which caused smoke and sparks.

“In accordance with our procedures, the pilots requested the presence of emergency vehicles as a precaution,” the company said in a statement.

The Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team of investigators to the site to inspect the plane’s landing gear and speak with the crew.© 2020 The Canadian Press