An Air Canada Boeing 777 jet departing Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Toronto aborted its flight and returned after losing one of its engines sending debris raining down on cars.
Air Canada Flight 1 took off Monday at 2:28 PM EDT bound for Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) when pilots shut down the right hand engine due to a problem.
According to authorities, several cars were hit by pieces of falling metal at around 2:30 PM:
‘Investigators know of four vehicles that were hit by pieces of metal about the size of a cellphone around 2:30 p.m., said Peel regional police Constable George Tudos.
Witnesses reported seeing a plane with smoke coming from one of its engines shortly before police got calls about the falling debris, Tudos said.
“As it (the plane) was travelling away from Pearson we had other complaints stating that debris, consisting of metal objects, was falling from the sky.”’
Officials are not confirming the metal parts came from the Boeing 777 airliner but they think that is the case.
“We believe it is, but it’s not up to us – we’re not the investigating body,” Tudos said.
Pilots circled the plane while they dumped fuel before landing back at Toronto.
There were no reports of injuries on the ground or in the plane itself.
The aircraft has been grounded pending an investigation.