Air Canada Flight Couldn’t Land in St. John’s: Returned to Toronto

Air Canada Flight Couldn't Land in St. John's: Returned to Toronto
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Earlier this week, an Air Canada flight experienced significant difficulty landing into St. John’s, resulting in a six-hour flight from Toronto to Toronto.

Incident: Air Canada Flight Couldn’t Land in St. John’s: Returned to Toronto…

Air Canada Flight Couldn't Land in St. John's: Returned to Toronto
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Air Canada flight AC698 is a routine scheduled flight between Toronto and St. John’s, with the affected rotation being operated by C-GEKH.

As per data from, C-GEKH is a 4.9 year old Boeing 737 MAX 8 that was delivered to the Canadian carrier back in October 2021, following long-term storage before delivery.

Of the 737 MAX 8 variant, the Canadian carrier has 40 of them in their fleet, of which all are in active service, and host an average fleet age of 5.1 years.

Air Canada flight AC698 departed Toronto at 2204 local time on February 5 and proceeded in an easterly direction towards St. John’s.

The descent into the airport started off normal, but on the final stages of approach, the Boeing 737 MAX 8 entered a series of holds for quite some time due to adverse weather.

With the crew noting that the conditions hadn’t changed favourably, they climbed back out to cruising altitude and proceeded westbound once again back to the airport they started from.

The Air Canada flight, originally due to land in Nova Scotia, landed back into Toronto at 0424 local time the next morning, after a staggering six hours and 19 minutes in flight, when it should have taken them just over three hours.

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