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Engine trouble forces Air Canada flight to return to Toronto

Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 at 11:57 am EDT

FILE PHOTOEmergency vehicles are seen on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on July 28, 2017. CITYNEWS

An Air Canada flight had to return to Toronto’s Pearson airport Friday night due to engine trouble.

The airline says emergency vehicles were on standby as Flight AC476 landed normally.

Air Canada says the pilots of the Boeing 767 detected an engine anomaly shortly after the plane took off around 7:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, witnesses on the ground reported hearing a loud noise and seeing flames coming from the engine.

Phimashan Paskaran reported hearing a “very loud bang” while driving near Rexdale Boulevard and Kipling Avenue. Paskaran then looked up and saw flames coming out of the left engine of an Air Canada plane.

Anwar Haq said he was also in Etobicoke when he heard three “extremely loud bangs” and saw fire coming from an airplane flying overhead.

“I pray for the safety of everyone,” he said in a Twitter post.

The flight bound for Ottawa had 175 passengers on board. No one was injured, and they were to resume their trip on another aircraft.

The plane is being inspected by maintenance crews.

With files from News Staff