Air Canada 777 loses engine, debris falls on Toronto

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 29 at 8:02 AM

TORONTO - Police believe chunks of metal that fell on cars near Pearson International Airport on Monday afternoon came from an Air Canada Boeing 777 with a disabled engine.

Peel regional police Const. George Tudos says investigators know of four vehicles that were hit by pieces of metal about the size of a cell phone.

Tudos says witnesses reported seeing a plane with smoke coming from one of its engines shortly before police got calls about the falling debris. There were no injuries.

An Air Canada spokesman says a Boeing 777 made an emergency landing at Pearson after losing an engine shortly after takeoff.

Peter Fitzpatrick says the crew landed the plane on one engine and there were no injuries among the 318 passengers and 16 crew aboard.

Fitzpatrick says the cause of the engine shutdown on Flight AC001 to Narita airport in Tokyo isn't known.

Tudos said police can't positively say the debris came from the plane.

"We believe it is, but it's not up to us — we're not the investigating body," he said.

"As it (the plane) was travelling away from Pearson we had other complaints stating that debris, consisting of metal objects, was falling from the sky," Tudos said.

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