An Air Canada flight from Calgary to London was diverted to Toronto after the aircraft blew a tire during takeoff, a spokesman for the airline said yesterday.
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Flight 850 with 225 passengers and 13 crew members on board landed at Pearson International Airport shortly after 1:30 a.m. yesterday without incident, police and airport officials said.
After it blew a tire during takeoff authorities decided to divert it to Toronto for safety reasons, Air Canada spokes-man Peter Fitzpatrick said.
"When the plane leaves Calgary it’s loaded with enough fuel to fly to London so that’s very heavy and you’re not able to land a very heavy aircraft," Fitzpatrick said. "So they left Calgary and they flew to Toronto so the plane would be lighter for landing."