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Air Canada Boeing 737 Max ferry flight after engine problem

An Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 is being towed as another Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 is seen on the ground at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 13, 2019.

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The airline said on Friday that an Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX ferry bound for Montreal diverted in Arizona earlier this week due to an engine problem.

The airline said the pilots on Air Canada Flight 2358 received an engine warning shortly after it took off from Marana, Arizona, on Tuesday. The carrier was storing 737 MAX jets there after the two aircraft were grounded worldwide in March 2019 after two fatal accidents.

Air Canada said: “As part of its normal operating procedures in such cases, it decided to shut down one engine” and divert to Tucson. The flight was carrying three crew members, not passengers. The plane is still in Tucson.

Boeing declined to comment and referred questions to the airline.

Belgian aviation website Aviation24.be said the plane had a “low hydraulic pressure index”. Air Canada did not immediately respond to another request for comment.

The US authorities lifted the ban on aircraft last month after Boeing made changes to the programs that were implicated in both crashes, and addressed other concerns. Canadian officials last week Approved design changes for aircraft.

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