PAL flight returns to Vancouver after mechanical issue

On December 26, 2015, Philippine Airlines Flight PR-117, enroute from Vancouver to Manila, made an emergency landing in Vancouver shortly after experiencing a mechanical issue.

A Philippine Airlines Airbus A340-313 made an emergency landing at Vancouver due to a mechanical issue on its flaps. (Photo by Brandon Tseng)

The Airbus A340-313 (registration RP-C3441) departed Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 10:30 AM local time.

After takeoff, the flight crew encountered problems retracting the aircraft's flaps. They immediately notified air traffic control and halted their climb at 7,000 feet.

Following standard safety procedures, the aircraft entered a holding pattern to dump fuel and reduce its weight for landing.

Approximately 45 minutes after departure, the flight safely returned to Vancouver, landing on runway 08R.

Meanwhile, Vancouver Airport's Operations Shift Manager Brant Arnold-Smith said:

As a precaution, YVR did have emergency equipment standing by for the aircraft’s arrival, and once the aircraft did land after dumping fuel to reach appropriate landing weight, aircraft did land safely.

Maintenance personnel resolved the flap issue, and after a two-hour delay, flight PR-117 took off for Manila, arriving four hours later than scheduled.

The Canadian Transportation and Safety Board confirmed the incident and reported:

The crew had flaps control problems after departure from Vancouver and held at 7000 feet for about 45 minutes to burn off fuel.