Facing dire, if not terminal, issues with its 737 MAX which may or may not fly again (ideally with passengers not at gunpoint), while cutting production on the 787 Dreamliner due to slumping demand, at least Boeing's legacy long haul workhorse, the 767, had managed to fly between the cracks, so to speak.
No more. Moments ago Boeing stock promptly dropped into the red after Spanish airport operator AENA said that a Boeing 767 aircraft flown by Air Canada was returning to Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport for an emergency landing on Monday after reporting a "technical issue". The airliner called air traffic control 30 minutes after takeoff and requested a slot for an emergency landing, an AENA spokeswoman told Reuters.
A subsequent report clarified that the technical issue involved a part of landing gear falling off and entering the airplane's engine.
Spain's main pilots union Sepla posted a tweet saying a Boeing 767 aircraft flown by Air Canada was returning to Madrid airport for an emergency landing after part of its landing gear fell off and entered its engines
AMPLIACIÓN | El Boeing 767-300 tendría problemas en el motor izquierdo tras haber absorbido piezas del tren de aterrizaje cuando despegaba por la 36L del aeródromo madrileño, según informa @sepla_pilotos @aeropuertoMAD— Rompetechos (@1Rompetechos) February 3, 2020
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Spain’s air navigation manager Enaire confirmed: “A flight with a technical problem is circling Madrid before returning to Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas airport.”
A spokesman for a regional government-run emergency services coordinator said: “We have sent various emergency response resources to the airport because of problems with a plane.”
A spokesman for the airport operator said: "The airport is on standby to receive flight Air Canada flight AK837 which was bound for Toronto."
In kneejerk reaction, Boeing stock slumped to session lows, briefly dropping in the red as Boeing's troubles appear to never end.