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Air Canada plane engine fire forces emergency landing in Nanaimo 0

By Nick Eagland, 24 hours Vancouver

An Air Canada Jazz flight was forced to make an emergency landing early Thursday in Nanaimo. In this file photo passengers board an Air Canada, Jazz CRJ200ER under a dark cloud at the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) on Tuesday Oct, 2, 2013. (Tom Braid/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency)

An Air Canada Jazz flight was forced to make an emergency landing early Thursday in Nanaimo. In this file photo passengers board an Air Canada, Jazz CRJ200ER under a dark cloud at the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) on Tuesday Oct, 2, 2013. (Tom Braid/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency)

An Air Canada Jazz flight was forced to make an emergency landing early Thursday in Nanaimo after one if its engines caught fire.

The plane, a twin-engine Bombardier Dash 8-300 destined for Vancouver, departed from the Hub City around 7:30 a.m. when the engine caught fire shortly after takeoff, Transportation Safety Board of Canada spokesman Chris Krepski said.

Jazz spokeswoman Manon Stuart said in an email the crew of flight AC8258 was alerted to an engine oil issue right before observing flames in the engine.

Fire retardant was released into the engine’s housing and the plane was promptly returned to the Vancouver Island city where emergency vehicles were waiting. The 35 passengers and three crew were deplaned with no injuries reported.

Krepski said it’s too early to say what caused the fire and the Transportation Safety Board is working with the airline to determine a cause.

Stuart said a Jazz maintenance crew is in Nanaimo to perform an inspection and repairs.

The Air Canada subsidiary currently has 28 Dash 8-300s in its fleet.

 

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