WestJet cancels Boeing 737 MAX flight moments before takeoff | Venture

Joanna Estrada
January 24, 2021

A Friday morning flight from Calgary to Toronto was cancelled as maintenance conducted a checklist to turn off a light on the monitoring system on board the Boeing 737 MAX.

The airline says passengers were boarded onto a 787 jet and flew as planned within the hour.

The Max was cleared to fly in Canadian airspace on Wednesday after it was grounded for almost two years following deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

Had passengers not already been on their way, the WS658 flight would have operated as normal following the all-clear by a maintenance team, she said. "This process takes time and requires a subsequent engine run, which we do not perform with guests on board", Ms. Stewart said.

The fatal crashes are linked to the Max's automatic control system, which sent the planes into repeated, uncontrollable dives shortly after takeoff. The planes will fly three round trips between Calgary and Toronto per week for about a month, at which point WestJet said it would consider increasing routes and frequencies.

WestJet introduced a policy allowing flexible flight changes or cancellations for those uncomfortable with flying on one of the jets, but assured it was "100 per cent confident" in the safety of the planes.

Both Canadian carriers allow passengers to change their flights for free, with some exceptions, if they do not want to fly on a Max.

"This was to be our third commercial flight (of the 737 MAX) since the skies reopened", WestJet said in a statement.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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