Air Canada flight 001 was forced to make an emergency landing on Monday afternoon after reports from Mississauga residents claimed that hot chunks of blackened metal were falling off the plane and crashing into residential neighborhoods and various forms or personal property.
The aircraft, a Boeing 777 was carrying 318 passengers and 16 crew members and was forced to make an emergency landed at Pearson International Airport after flying for nearly one and a half hours.
Passenger Bryce Saito tells the Toronto Sun the he heard the engine shut off:
“That’s when I grabbed my chair. ‘Oh, crap am I going to fall?” he said.
At this time Air Canada representatives are unsure what caused the engine to die and parts to fall to the ground but an investigation is already underway. According to spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick passengers were never in danger.
“Aircrafts are designed to fly with one engine and our pilots are trained to fly in such occurrences,” he said.
In one incident a residents 2005 Nissan Altima was hit with debris, causing the windshield to form a spider-web type crack. Two other cars also suffered dents in their front end and roofs.
Air Canada and local law enforcement were unable to confirm whether or not the planes engine caught on fire.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada in the meantime is conducting an assessment of the scene to determine what caused the engine to breakdown, an assessment that could take up to 72 hours to complete.
Passengers headed to Japan aboard flight 001 were placed on another plane in the early morning hours and sent on their way.