Airliner part almost ejected

An apparently uneventful flight was almost something to remember on Remembrance Day.

An Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Los Angeles on Nov. 11 experienced a "nearly uncontained engine problem," aeroinside.com reports.

A post-flight inspection of the Airbus A319-100 revealed a broken engine part had nearly punctured the cowl of the right-hand engine.

A large dent was found on the inside of the outboard cowl.

The part was identified as a directional guide vane that had separated from the bypass duct. It punctured the outer cowl, but did not go completely through.

There were 120 passengers and five crew on board. 

The aircraft completed the flight safely, and the Transportation Safety Board reported that the incident likely occurred in flight. The flight crew, however, did not report any abnormal indications or vibrations.

Air Canada and the TSB are investigating the incident.

Aeroinside's report contains information from the Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Report System.

Transport Canada endeavours to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the data contained within CADORS, however, the information within should be treated as preliminary, unsubstantiated and subject to change.

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