On Saturday, a Hawaii flight provided passengers with an unexpected scare when one of the engines had to be shut down over the Pacific Ocean en route to Honolulu. Luckily the plane returned safely to its origination point, Vancouver. The diversion was confirmed by flight tracking company FlightAware.
The airline told Daily Hive that “WestJet flight 1862 from Vancouver to Honolulu, with 166 guests on board, diverted back to Vancouver on Saturday afternoon due to an issue that necessitated an engine shutdown.”
Westjet said that there was no time when the safety of passengers was at risk and that the company followed standard safety and diversion procedures.
Safety and Boeing 737 Max.
Following two years off-line as a result of two deadly crashes, Boeing 737 Max flights are back in the air. Boeing made repairs to its flight control system that was said to have resulted in the crashes and subsequent flight ban that took effect in March 2019.
Airlines have been adding the 737 Max planes back, with Southwest, for example, having resumed flights last March. And, while the plane is back in service, Boeing still has work to do in order to regain the trust of both the public and the airlines.