An Air Canada pilot abandoned his plane's initial descent into Toronto after declaring a "mayday" over the weekend, but managed to land safely upon a second attempt.
"We were very scared. It seemed like it was going to be a very scary landing," one passenger, Monique Auffrey, told CP24
"I observed the flight crew gathering and talking," she said. "I looked at the screen in front of me and could see the plane was being diverted to what looked like maybe New York or Buffalo and then suddenly the screen went blank and the captain came on and said that there was a problem, that we would be making an emergency landing and we would be taught how to brace ourselves. At that point we looked out the window and it looked like we were over Lake Ontario. We didn't know what was going to happen."
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Air Canada spokesperson Isabelle Arthur confirmed the trouble after the Airbus 320 landed safely on Sunday morning, reporting no injuries among the 87 passengers, two pilots, and four flight attendants.
According to The Toronto Sun
, she said a flight control light came on during the plane's first attempted landing, prompting the pilot to pull up and circle over Lake Ontario until it was re-confirmed that it was safe to land.
The reason the flight control light was activated remains unknown, however in a recording of the plane's radio transmissions the pilot can be heard telling ground control there were problems with the plane's flaps and autopilot.
When the plane landed safely on its second attempt the passengers gave resounding applause, and later many of them tweeted thank yous to the pilot and crew.
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