For nearly two hours, a WestJet flight from Vancouver to Toronto has been circling around its origin point, with the flight not expecting to continue onwards to its destination.
WS714 is a routine flight between Vancouver and Toronto, and is being operated by C-GZWS, one of the carrier’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
The aircraft is not squawking the emergency code, known as 7700, at this time, with the problem currently unknown.
WS714 did a series of holds to the southeast of Vancouver International Airport before holding over the Victoria area, which is where the jet is at at the time of writing (2311 UK time).
Updates: WestJet Flight Circles Vancouver: Not Continuing to Toronto…
This is a developing story. Updates to follow below.
UPDATE #1 @ 2316 UK time – Right now, WS714 is still holding over the Victoria area, which is to the South of Vancouver, at 5,000 feet.
UPDATE #2 @ 2318 UK time – WS714 seems to be coming out of its hold out of Victoria, and looks to be returning to the airport of origin.
UPDATE #3 @ 2322 UK time – WS714 is descending out of 5,000 feet, as it prepares for its arrival back into its origin airport.
UPDATE #4 @ 2325 UK time – WestJet flight WS714 is on final approach into Vancouver Airport, having taken the decision not to continue onwards to Toronto.
UPDATE #5 @ 2329 UK time – TOUCHDOWN! WS714 has appeared to have touched down back at the airport, with all eyes on the reasoning for the return, and whether the flight will continue on to Toronto later on today.
UPDATE #6 @ 2336 UK time – Here is a timelapse of all of the holding the flight did around the Vancouver area, before returning back over two hours since its departure.