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“The year 2020 starts well,” said one passenger, who filmed an Air Canada plane losing a wheel shortly after takeoff

An aircraft from the Air Canada fleet lost a wheel shortly after takeoff from Montreal-Trudeau International Airport on Friday – after which the aircraft had to turn back without further delays.

As CNN writes, the plane was on its way to Bagotville when the incident occurred. Nobody got hurt.

Manon Stuart, a spokesperson for Jazz Aviation, the operator of the flight, said in a statement that:

“The experienced pilots maintained complete control of the aircraft”

“Our pilots are well trained to deal with such situations and responded according to our standard operating procedures”

He further added that:

“Our maintenance personnel in Montreal are conducting a thorough inspection of the aircraft to determine the cause and proceed with the necessary repairs”

Safe landing

One of the 49 passengers on board managed to make a video of the incident. It shows the wheel suddenly detached from the left main landing gear of the aircraft. He posts the video with the dry remark: “Right now I’m sitting in a plane that has just lost a wheel … The year 2020 is starting well”.

The pilots were finally able to turn the plane around and land safely.

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