Air Canada Rouge Flight from Montreal Declares Emergency

It has emerged that over 10 days ago, an Air Canada Rouge flight from Montreal to Varadero declared an emergency amid a hydraulic failure.
Photo Credit: Kotobuki Senpai via Wikimedia Commons.

It has emerged that over 10 days ago, an Air Canada Rouge flight from Montreal to Varadero declared an emergency amid a hydraulic failure.

This resulted in a u-turn over the U.S to return back to the Canadian airport.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

AC1746 – Montreal to Varadero…


It has emerged that over 10 days ago, an Air Canada Rouge flight from Montreal to Varadero declared an emergency amid a hydraulic failure.
Data provided by RadarBox.com.
It has emerged that over 10 days ago, an Air Canada Rouge flight from Montreal to Varadero declared an emergency amid a hydraulic failure.
Gilbert Hechema (GFDL 1.2 http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html or GFDL 1.2 http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html), via Wikimedia Commons

Air Canada Rouge flight AC1746 is a routine scheduled flight between Montreal and Varadero.

The aircraft involved in the emergency was C-GHQI.

As per data from Planespotters.net, C-GHQI is a 9.7 year old Airbus A321ceo that started out life with UTair Aviation in November 2014.

By February 2015, the aircraft was handed over to WOW Air.

Finally, Air Canada Rouge took delivery of the aircraft in January 2019.

Of the A321ceo variant, Rouge has 17 of them in the fleet, of which all of them are in active service.

Furthermore, average fleet age for the variant at the airline stands at 9.1 years.

Air Canada Rouge flight AC1746 departed Montreal at 0718 local time on March 22 and proceeded southbound to Varadero.

However, near Hatteras Island in the U.S, the aircraft made a u-turn and proceeded back to YUL.

After around three hours and 14 minutes, the aircraft landed back into the Canadian airport safely without further incident.

Reporting from The Aviation Herald mentions that the crew declared a “PAN PAN” emergency during this incident.

It was understood that the blue hydraulics system suffered a failure.

Back in the Air By The Evening…


Liam Allport, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Data from RadarBox shows that this was a quick fix as C-GHQI was back in the air by the evening.

Rather than taking the passengers down to Varadero, the aircraft operated a flight to St. John’s from Montreal instead.

Furthermore, the aircraft has operated commercial flights since the hydraulic failure on the Air Canada A321.

It has operated well over 20-30 flights since the incident, and everything is in working order.

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