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Bound Air Canada flight makes safe landing in Madrid

Bound Air Canada flight makes safe landing in Madrid”

An Air Canada flight bound for Toronto from Madrid has landed safely after declaring an emergency shortly after take-off.

The Boeing 767 bound for Toronto is expected to land around 7.30pm local time after spending three hours circling the Spanish city to burn as much fuel as possible.

Spain's air navigation manager Enaire confirmed: 'A flight with a technical problem is circling Madrid before returning to Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas airport'. "The aircraft, a Boeing 767-300, is created to operate on one engine and our pilots are fully trained for this eventuality".

"We have the emergency equipment to welcome the plane before landing", Montesinos said in a phone interview.

Spain's port operator AENA said that the airline had requested a slot for an emergency landing some 30 minutes after the takeoff. The plane was seen landing just after 1:00 p.m. ET.

Flight AC837 was travelling from Madrid to Toronto with 128 passengers on board, Air Canada said in a statement.

Bound Air Canada flight makes safe landing in Madrid

A representative for Air Canada was not immediately available to confirm the reason for the engine issue.

The aircraft had departed from the Adolfo Suárez-Barajas global airport earlier in the day and was scheduled to land in Toronto at 3:40 p.m. local time.

The officials were not authorised to be named in media reports.

Spain's El Mundo newspaper's website published audio it said featured the plane's pilot explaining to the passengers the need to return to Madrid because a wheel had been damaged during the takeoff.

At the end of 2018, more than 140,000 travellers were stranded or delayed after dozens of drone sightings shut down London's Gatwick Airport, Britain's second busiest, for parts of three consecutive days.

The aircraft sparked alarm among locals by flying low over the Spanish capital after experiencing problems following take-off.

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