(CMR) A week after Canada announced its approval for design changes to the Boeing 737 Max aircraft, which has been grounded for almost two years, officials said a 737 Max 8 operated by Air Canada was forced to land due to an engine malfunction.
The Air Canada plane was diverted shortly after takeoff last Wednesday after pilots received an engine malfunction warning. The pilots shut down one engine and were able to land safely.
The pilots who were flying from Ariz to Montreal were redirected to Tucson, where they landed normally. The plane only had three crew members on board at the time.
Transport Canada approved design changes to the troubled 737 Max aircraft, grounded worldwide after technical issues led to deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
Canada, which is expected to lift a ban on the Boeing Max in January, joined the US, Europe, and Brazil to approve the aircraft's return to its skies.
Air Canada has 24 of these planes in its fleet. The airline reportedly canceled 10 Max orders and postponed 16 more until further notice due to the COVID-19 impact on its operations.