After an unexpected pit stop in Iceland, passengers of WestJet flight WS27 are back in Alberta.
The London to Edmonton flight was forced to land in Iceland Saturday morning after crews detected a potential mechanical issue.
Passenger Cheryse Pochynok described what happened in the air.
“It felt like just some severe turbulence and then you just sort of heard a little bit of a bang and then about an hour later the pilot comes on and says that we need to make an emergency landing in Iceland and we’re just circling to use up some fuel. So we circled for about an hour, hour and a half and then landed in Iceland on their secondary runway.”
A WestJet spokesperson tells Global News the declaration of an emergency was done as a caution because it gave the flight priority landing and emergency vehicles would be ready and waiting on the ground if they were needed.
Passenger Joanna Palczewska says she was very, very scared.
“For two hours flying above the Reykjavik it was a terrible experience for me.”
Pochynok was on the flight and says the crew handled the situation well.
“The crew handled everything amazing, the pilots were calm. There seemed to be no urgency really on the plane, so they handled everything as well as they possibly could have at the time.”
It’s not known what the potential mechanical issue was but passengers were flown out on two recovery planes Sunday, one headed for Edmonton the other for Calgary.
A WestJet spokesperson tells Global News, over 100 passengers were supposed to connect to Calgary anyways so it was just easier to send two planes for direct flights.
Louise Gaul was on the flight and says they weren’t given a lot of information about what was happening.
“Coming back from Reykjavik as well no one knew a thing, we was shunted from departure gate to departure gate, we were left for ages not knowing and then they finally get us on a bus and they kept us on the runway for 30, 40 minutes and it was just no information, nothing, so it was quite a relief.”
The Edmonton flight touched down at international airport just before 7:00, Sunday night.