During the ferry flight from the Mojave Desert to Quebec on Tuesday, an Air Canada 737 MAX 8 declared an urgent need after indications of low pressure in the left engine and subsequent fuel imbalance from the left wing tank. The plane diverted to Tucson and landed without incident an hour and 20 minutes after take-off.
The crew decided to shut down the engine and divert
On December 22nd, an Air Canada 737 MAX aircraft was en route from long-term storage at Pinal Airpark (MZJ) in Marana, Arizona, to Montreal, Quebec when two related accidents caused it to be diverted to Tuscon instead of that.
Flight AC2358 took off from MZJ at 09:32 local time with three crew members on board. Shortly after takeoff, the pilots received a hydraulic low pressure signal from the left-hand engine.
The crew worked on the checklists and after consulting with dispatch and maintenance, they decided to continue to Canada and Montreal Trudeau International Airport (YUL). However, this was not the end of their problems, however Aviation Herald Reports.
Shortly thereafter, at 39,000 feet, the left wing tank indicated an imbalance of fuel. At this point, the cockpit crew decided to turn off the left engine. They also announced the international standard urgency signal; Pan Pan. Instead of continuing north, the pilots turned back and diverted to Tuscon International Airport (TUS).
Back after nearly a year in the desert
The MAX landed safely on the TUS 11L runway approximately 80 minutes after departure. The plane was received by the emergency services on the runway. After the initial examination, they escorted him to a remote location on the apron. At the time of writing, the aircraft is still in Tuscon. The Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) said it will conduct an investigation into the accident.
The aircraft in question is the 737 MAX 8 registered as C-FSNQ. It arrived with Air Canada in June 2018. It was flown to the dry Mojave desert for storage in February of this year and shortly thereafter joined by all Air Canada MAX planes to only three, C-FSNU, C-GEIV and C-GEJL, So far they returned from Arizona.
Great MAX Relay
The Canadian flag carrier has a total of 24 Max 8 aircraft already in its fleet. However, it was lost He sold nine of them for leaseback Trying to get cash during the ongoing crisis. Meanwhile, the Star Alliance member expects to deliver 14 more aircraft.
Boeing is in the process of clearing its list of finished but not delivered 737 MAX jets that the type has been re-certified by the Federal Aviation Administration for just over a month. However, after one month of having no basis, Only ten of the planes made their way to their new owners.
While it appears to have nothing to do with the software issues that caused the aircraft to ground the aircraft, it is too early to say whether this accident will in any way affect Air Canada’s decision on when MAX returned to service.
Simple Flying contacted the airline for comment, but had not received a response at time of publication.
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