A recent Air Canada flight between Vancouver and Montreal was forced to make an emergency landing, after the flight and cabin crew noticed a “strong odour” emanating through the aircraft.
According to a Transportation Safety Board (TSB) spokesperson, the smell was first detected as the plane – a Boeing 767-375 – was making its initial ascent at 7,000 feet, shortly after departing Vancouver on September 17.
“The flight crew attempted to clear the odour however with no success,” the spokesperson told Daily Hive.
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It was then the crew “requested to level off at FL250 to troubleshoot the issue…declared a PAN PAN, donned their oxygen masks and returned to land in CYVR without further incident,” he furthered.
Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the cause of the strong odour was a shipment of Durian fruit in the forward cargo compartment.
The fruit is native to southeast Asia and is widely regarded as the world’s smelliest fruit.
The fruit shipment was then removed from the plane and the aircraft was returned to service. There were eight crew members and 245 passengers on board the flight.
Daily Hive has reached out to Air Canada for comment on the incident, as well.