This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
The airline spokesperson has confirmed that the WestJet flight from London, England to Edmonton was forced to make an unscheduled stop on in Reykjavík, Iceland on Saturday morning. The company mentioned in a statement issued on Twitter that flight WS27 from Gatwick to EIA was diverted to Keflavík International Airport after crews detected a potential mechanical issue.
EIA spokesperson, Heather Hamilton, explained that “WestJet confirms that they did divert their Edmonton bound London Gatwick flight to Reykjavik to address a potential mechanical issue.” It was added that the aircraft circled the airport several times before landing normally. WestJet spokesperson, Lauren Stewart, mentioned in an emailed statement that all passengers and crews were reported to be safe and “the flight has landed normally.” Stewart reveled that “it is important to remember that the declaration of an emergency does not necessarily mean an actual emergency has occurred.” She stated that “all guests and crew will be taken care of until we arrange new flights,” adding that “we are currently making arrangements for hotels and meal vouchers. WestJet sincerely apologizes to our guests for the inconvenience and thanks them for their patience.”
According to Stewart, the aircraft will remain in Iceland pending maintenance, and passengers would be reaccomodated as soon as possible. WS27 was supposed to land at the Edmonton International Airport at 12:59 p.m. Saturday. Anyone flying on the outbound flight later Saturday evening back to London is advised to check their flight status, as the airline said there is a possibility the flight could be affected.