air canada flight loses wheel

Viral video shows wheel falling off Air Canada plane

A viral video posted to Twitter on Friday shows the wheel of an Air Canada plane falling off during take off.

The flight was leaving from Montreal and headed for Saguenay, Quebec. 

The video starts with the image of sparks and smoke spewing from one of the plane's wheels before it falls off completely, just as the aircraft leaves the ground.

Passengers can be heard yelling "it fell off," before the video quickly ends.

Twitter user @caf_tom posted the video and wrote "So, well, I'm currently on a plane that has just lost a wheel... 2020 starts pretty well."

In a statement to CBC News, Jazz Aviation LP, a company that operates flights for Air Canada, said pilots are trained to handle situations like this.

"Our experienced pilots kept complete control of the aircraft. Our pilots are trained to react to such situations and reacted conforming to proper procedure," Jazz Aviation spokesperson Manon Stuart said in an email to CBC News.

The plane had to circle back to Montreal, and was able to make a safe landing. A video posted to Twitter shows the moment the plane landed, and relatively calm and collected passengers.

The incident had a lot of people feeling thankful that they weren't on the plane.

While many applauded the passengers for appearing to stay so calm in the short clips posted online, others were just as impressed with the pilots for pulling off the landing.

Thankfully no one was hurt during this mishap.

Lead photo by

@caf_tom


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