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June 1, 2012

Air Canada Emergency: Engine failure forces plane to make emergency landing

On Monday afternoon, an Air Canada Boeing 777 jet was forced to make an emergency landing after one of its engines failed shortly after takeoff. Police received reports describing large pieces of metal debris falling from the sky, and the NTSB confirmed that the debris was from the Air Canada aircraft.

The plane, destined for Japan, was carrying about 315 passengers. Officials have already begun to investigate what exactly caused the engine to fail.

"It sounds like the plane experienced what is called an uncontained engine failure," said Motley Rice aviation attorney and former Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Mary Schiavo, in an interview with CNN.

She added that "parts are literally ejected from the engine" during an uncontained engine failure but that no one is harmed in most cases. Fortunately all the passenger and crew members on the plane were unharmed, and the plane safely landed at Pearson airport.

To hear more about what happened to the Air Canada aircraft, see the full report on CNN.

Read about Motley Rice's aviation lawyers and how they work to protect passenger rights and fight on for victims' family members and injured crash survivors.