Dou­ble trou­ble prompts jet to de­tour to Cal­gary

Edmonton Journal - - CITY -

An Amer­i­can Air­lines pas­sen­ger jet en route to Bei­jing from Texas had to be de­toured to Al­berta fol­low­ing a med­i­cal emer­gency and a me­chan­i­cal prob­lem.

The air­line says the Boe­ing 787-8 Dream­liner left Dal­las-Fort Worth late Thurs­day morn­ing.

The air­craft was go­ing north over Man­i­toba when it veered south­west through Saskatchewan and en­tered Al­berta just east of Fort McMur­ray.

The plane con­tin­ued to Ed­mon­ton and cir­cled the city be­fore it turned south for Cal­gary be­cause of a longer run­way there.

The air­craft had been fu­elled for a non-stop flight and ef­forts were made to burn off ex­cess fuel to re­duce its land­ing weight.

De­tails sur­round­ing the med­i­cal emer­gency and me­chan­i­cal is­sue have not been re­leased, although a pas­sen­ger said the plane had prob­lems with its flaps.

The jet landed shortly be­fore 5 p.m. lo­cal time Thurs­day. Cal­gary emer­gency med­i­cal au­thor­i­ties said they did not have to take any of the 209 pas­sen­gers or 13 crew mem­bers from the air­craft.

Amer­i­can Air­lines said in a state­ment that the pas­sen­gers would stay overnight in ho­tels and that a plane would be sent from Dal­las to con­tinue their trip to Bei­jing.

“Our main­te­nance team will also be on that flight,” the com­pany said.

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