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CALGARYOn Jan. 22, a WestJet Boeing 737 MAX bound for Toronto was grounded at the Calgary International Airport after pilots spotted a potential fault in the aircraft.

According to the Canadian carrier, Flight WS658 had passengers on board and was getting ready to take off, when it was “returned to the gate after push back.”

"After a normal engine start, a standard function of the health monitoring system indicated a potential fault that needed to be verified and reset,” WestJet spokesperson Lauren Stewart said in an emailed statement.

“This process takes time and requires a subsequent engine run, which we do not perform with guests on board.”

Stewart said the flight was canceled, and the 35 passengers were instead put on Flight WS662, boarding a planned Dreamliner flight “only because we didn’t want to keep them waiting.” The aircraft’s return flight, WS665 from Toronto to Calgary, was also canceled.

WestJet carried out its first scheduled 737 MAX flight on Jan. 21, between Toronto and Vancouver after 10 months grounding of the type.


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