Air Canada flight makes emergency landing in Newfoundland due to burning electrical odour

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An Air Canada flight en route to Madrid from Toronto was forced to declare PAN PAN and make an emergency landing in St. John’s earlier this month.

PAN PAN is short for “possible assistance needed,” and is used to communicate an urgent but non-emergency situation.

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Per the Aviation Herald, the Air Canada flight was diverted after the flight crew noticed a burning electrical odour and a “RECIRC FAN UPPER” caution indication.

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The flight, AC-824, made a safe landing in St. John’s and a recirculation fan was replaced due to a failed bearing.

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There were 177 people on board the flight, which was diverted about two-and-a-half hours into what was supposed to be a seven-hour international journey.

The Boeing 787-9 departed Toronto Pearson International Airport at 3:09 a.m. on Dec. 2 and landed in St. John’s at 7:28 a.m. NST.

Last week, an Air Canada flight en route from Vancouver to Toronto was forced to turn around about 45 minutes into the flight because of an issue with the heater in the flight deck.

AC104, which makes the cross-country jaunt daily, returned to Vancouver on Dec. 12 as the cockpit had become “uncomfortably cool,” Air Canada told the National Post in a statement.

Air Canada maintains a major hub at Vancouver International Airport. The heater has since been repaired and the aircraft, a B77W, is back in service.

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