Air Canada flight makes emergency landing in Madrid after 'landing gear falls into engine'

A plane loaded with 128 passengers made an emergency landing in Spain after parts of its landing gear reportedly fell into one of the engines shortly after take-off.

The Spanish airforce sent a F-18 fighter jet to accompany the Air Canada Boeing 767-300 and examine its damage while it circled Madrid, burning off fuel before making the landing.

Flight AC837 departed Madrid Barajas Adolfo Suárez airport on a flight to Toronto when the incident occurred.

Air Canada confirmed that an "engine issue" had occurred on the plane and "a tire also reportedly ruptured on take-off, one of 10 on this model of aircraft".

Spanish pilots union Sepla tweeted that the plane had been forced into an emergency landing after the jet "lost parts of the landing gear that have entered the engine".

Flight data shows AC837 circled many times before making the emergency landing and a passenger onboard told Reuters they were in the air for around five hours as the aircraft used up petrol.

Air Canada Flight AC837 makes emergency landing in Madrid after 'landing gear falls into engine'.
Air Canada AC837's flight path. Photo credit: Flight Radar

"The aircraft, a Boeing 767-300, is designed to operate on one engine and our pilots are fully trained for this eventuality. Nonetheless, an emergency was declared in order to obtain landing priority," Air Canada told media in a statement.

There were no injuries.

According to Sky News, the aircraft has been part of the Air Canada fleet since 2005 and took its first flight in 1989.

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