Plane's engine 'explodes' and debris falls on cars below
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An Air Canada plane headed for Japan made an emergency landing in Toronto on Monday after an engine 'overheated' and shut down not long after take off from the Pearson International Airport.
According to Reuters, Canadian police were investigating reports of "flame debris" falling on cars near the airport, with four people calling in to say their vehicles had been damaged by "debris falling down from the sky".
Police said they believed the debris came from the plane, but Transportation Safety Board of Canada will be able to determine the source after an investigation.
Jonathan Bergen was inside a petrol station when his car was hit with debris, which smashed the back windshield through.
The Air Canada Flight 001 took off around 2.10pm and was en route to Narita, Japan, when one of its two engines shut down.
One onlooker, David Unger, told the Star he heard an "exceptionally loud take-off" and looked up to see a plane with fire coming out of its right engine.
A businessman named Jason Flick, who was on board the plane, tweeted that passengers were told it was an engine overheating.
According to the Wall Street Journal, he said: "Seems my plane fell apart! Luckily we managed to land it."
After circling Lake Ontario for about an hour dumping fuel in preparation for a safe landing, the Boeing 777 made it back to the airport at around 3.53pm, and all 318 passengers and 16 crew were unharmed.
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