Boeing 787-8 of American Airlines made an emergency landing in Calgary, Aberta, due to mechanical problem. The airplane was en route from Dallas (Texas) to Beijing with 209 passengers and 13 crew members on board, but during the flight diverted to Canada because of the poor health of one of the passengers, and then because of the occurrence of a mechanical problem.
The Boeing 787-8 was first diverted to the Edmonton airport but the plane was then rerouted to Calgary International Airport, which has a longer runway. The plane was forced to burn some fuel, to reduce the landing weight. The landing went smoothly, no one was hurt.
The airline said passengers will stay overnight in hotels. A plane was being sent from Dallas to take them on to Beijing.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an American long-haul, mid-size widebody, twin-engine jet airliner made by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Its variants seat 242 to 335 passengers in typical three-class seating configurations. The first 787 was unveiled in a roll-out ceremony on July 8, 2007 at Boeing’s Everett factory.