WestJet flight lands safely in Toronto after mechanical failure

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A Toronto-bound WestJet flight from London, England, was diverted to Greenland after the plane was deemed unsafe to fly.

Passengers were about four hours into their London to Toronto trip on Tuesday when the pilot had to divert the aircraft to Greenland. The plane apparently had a mechanical issue related to the cooling system.

The airline then sent two planes to Greenland to pick up the travellers.

Travellers were stranded for about six hours but say there was no panic and WestJet staff remained calm.

“I thought they [WestJet] handled it great,” a passenger named Mark said.

“They couldn’t have done any more. We all got hot meals, there was free beer and wine, free pop, free coffee,” Tracey said.

The flight landed at Pearson International Airport on Wednesday morning.

WestJet says the passengers will be compensated for the delay, but there is no word on what travellers can expect.

A WestJet flight from London, England, to Toronto was diverted to Greenland on Oct. 18, 2016. Photo courtesy of: Mark Million
A WestJet flight from London, England, to Toronto was diverted to Greenland on Oct. 18, 2016. Photo courtesy of: Mark Million

 

A WestJet flight from London, England, to Toronto was diverted to Greenland on Oct. 18, 2016. Photo courtesy of: Mark Million
A WestJet flight from London, England, to Toronto was diverted to Greenland on Oct. 18, 2016. Photo courtesy of: Mark Million