Chinese airliner makes emergency landing at YVR
November 02, 2005 - 4:15 pm
By: Claudia Kwan
A tense situation has ended in relief for passengers aboard a plane circling Vancouver International Airport. A China Eastern Airbus A340-300 has made an emergency landing with 273 people aboard including 16 crew members. The plane took off just before two o'clock from YVR when crew members discovered an engine problem. The decision was made to circle over Vancouver Island to burn off some of the fuel then make an emergency landing. A plane carrying this many people destined for an international location is quite large and weight is a crucial issue when trying to land. The airport says the next step is to let the passengers off the plane and check out the engine to see what the problem is. If they can fix it, they'll just put the passengers back on the plane and send them off to Shanghai later tonight. If not, then the passengers will have to be put up in nearby hotels and then send them off in another plane tomorrow.
[Edited 2005-11-03 03:55:05]