BREAKING: Air Canada flight returning to Madrid airport after gear fell off

BREAKING: Air Canada flight returning to Madrid airport after gear fell off

- An Air Canada Boeing 767 is set to make an emergency landing at Madrid airport in Spain

- The flight initially headed for Toronto has encountered technical difficulties on air

- There are currently 130 passengers inside the aircraft as emergency services have been activated

An Air Canada Boeing 767 flight initially headed to Toronto is set to make an emergency landing at an airport in Madrid, Spain after part of its landing gear fell off and entered its engines.

The aircraft is currently doing circles around Madrid at the moment using as much fuel as possible before a crash landing is expected.

Reports say the Air Canada flight, AC837, is being inspected by Spanish Air Force F/A-18 fighter jets to conduct a visual inspection as the aircraft continues to burn fuel in preparation for emergency landing.

Emergency crews have been activated and are preparing for a landing anytime soon.

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There are 130 passengers on the flight which is understood to have taken off from Madrid's Adolfo Suarez-Barajas international airport.

The airport is on standby to receive flight Air Canada flight AK837 which was bound for Toronto, an airline spokesperson said in a short statement.

Ignacio Montesinos, a spokesperson for Spain's airport operator, said the pilot radioed the tower citing an "emergency."

Some people in Madrid have been sharing videos of the aircraft flying so low across the city.

UPDATE: The plane has landed safely with no incident

Recall that a Ukraine International Airlines jetliner crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran, capital of Iran on Wednesday, January 8 with 176 passengers and crew members on board.

Eighty-two Iranians, 63 Canadians, and 11 Ukrainians died in the crash, and it was later established that the plane was shot down by Iranian authorities. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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