With the colder weather sweeping the country, a lot of Canadians are already planning their trips to the tropics to escape the cold. Though you may want to exercise more caution than usual when it comes to planning your trip, considering the news that just came from Sunwing Airlines about a recent outbound Punta Cana flight headed to Toronto.
The low-cost Canadian airline informed public this morning about an issue with their SG439 flight, holding 176 passengers and 6 crew members. The plane had just departed from the Punta Cana airport on November 14th and was on its way to Toronto's Pearson Airport.
According to the press release given by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, the flight was at a cruising altitude when the flight crew "received erroneous indications on the captain's instruments." At that point, the crew on board decided to conduct an emergency landing prior to landing at Pearson.
Sunwing later explained that the flight had experienced IRS (Inertial Reference System) instrument failure and that the pilot and crew were in the right to enact the emergency response in precaution of a larger problem.
What has Canadian flyers worried is that the plane that was used during the flight in question was a Boeing 737 Max. If that sounds familiar to you, it's presumably because that was the plane model involved in the Lion Air crash in Jakarta where there were no survivors.
Though Lion Air and Sunwing aren't the only airlines using these plane models, considering the 737 series by Boeing is the company's fastest selling model. Air Canada currently has 18 737 Max 8 models in their fleet with 43 more expected to be put into service by 2021.
More recently, Boeing has released a warning about the dangerous technical issues affecting those very same models.
As for this incident on the Sunwing flight, after performing checks on the aircraft to ensure the problems have been fixed and cleared, it's been confirmed that the plane in question is back in service.