Another Boeing Plane Engine Catches Fire While Taking Off from Toronto

By Jose Resurreccion

Jun 10, 2024 04:09 AM EDT

Another Boeing Plane Engine Catches Fire While Taking Off from Toronto
An Air Canada Boeing 777-333(ER) is parked at a gate at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, on December 11, 2019.
(Photo : DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images)

An Air Canada Boeing 777 carrying 389 passengers and 13 crew members en route to Paris caught fire in one of its engines over the weekend.

CTV reported last week that the plane's right engine sputtered fire while taking off from Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Air Canada later confirmed that the flight involved was AC872 from Toronto to Paris.

The plane immediately landed and underwent inspection as part of its normal operating procedures, the carrier said in a statement. This included a process where the plane is grounded "for further evaluation" but its maintenance and engineering professionals.

This incident is but the latest in a string of incidents involving Boeing aircraft and spacecraft.

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Retired Astronaut Commends Air Canada's Quick Reaction

Fox Business reported that a video of the fiery takeoff has been shared on X, formerly Twitter.

One user said that the incident was a "heart in mouth moment," speculating that the passengers would not want to fly again after the plane returned safely.

Some comments commended the airline for its quick reaction, while others expressed fear about the incident.

Air Canada stressed that the video showed an incident where the plane engine experienced a compressor stall, where the aerodynamics of a turbine engine were affected.

One of the higher-profile individuals who shared the footage was retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who commended the pilots and air traffic controllers for being "calm, competent, [and] professional" in dealing with the fire on the plane engine.

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