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Landing gear issue forces Air Canada Express Montreal Saguenay flight to return

The plane is undergoing inspection to determine what happened and what repairs are necessary.
The plane is undergoing inspection to determine what happened and what repairs are necessary. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

There were no injuries after an Air Canada Express flight from Montreal to Bagotville was forced to return to Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport on Friday after one of the two wheels on the left main landing gear came off during takeoff.

The aircraft is equipped with six tires — two on the right landing gear, two more on the left and two on the nose of the plane.

In a video shared on Twitter by a passenger, flames can be seen on one of the tires before it comes off just as the plane takes off on Friday afternoon.

The Twitter user wrote, in French: “Well then, I’m currently in a plane that just lost a wheel… 2020 is starting off rather well.”

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The Dash 8-300 plane, operated by Jazz Aviation, was carrying 49 passengers and three crew members.

Jazz spokeswoman Manon Stuart says in an email the pilots burned off some fuel before returning to Montreal and landing the aircraft safely.

The plane is undergoing inspection to determine what happened and what repairs are necessary.

“The experienced pilots maintained complete control of the aircraft,” she wrote. “Our pilots are well trained to deal with such situations and responded according to our standard operating procedures.”

–With files from Global News’ Alessia Maratta

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