Air Canada plane makes emergency landing at Sacramento International Airport after engine failure

An engine failure aboard an Air Canada Express commuter flight from Sacramento International Airport caused the pilots Tuesday to turn around and return to the capital city’s airport.

The plane — Air Canada Express flight 7121 — took off bound for Vancouver, British Columbia, about 40 minutes late at 9:52 a.m., according to FlightAware, an online plane tracking system. The plane operated by Jazz Aviation is a CRJ-900LR, a regional jet that seats 76 passengers, and was built by Bombardier in 2005.

However, the small jet’s left engine, a General Electric model CF34-8C5, failed shortly after takeoff and a crew of four people aboard was diverted. The jet safely landed about 10:35 a.m., according to archived audio dispatch calls reviewed by The Sacramento Bee.

Lindsay Myers, a spokeswoman for the county’s airport system, said the plane had a known mechanical issue overnight and was flying to Vancouver for mechanics to take a look.

“The problem got worse,” Myers said, as the unscheduled flight commenced and the pilot landed again safely.

Air Canada representatives did not respond to a request to comment.

No injuries were reported.