TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Mar 22, 2013) - Sunwing Airlines confirms that its flight 326 en route from Ottawa International Airport to Varadero, Cuba departed at 6:32 am. Approximately 5 minutes after take-off, the aircraft interior filled with vapour from glycol (de-icing fluid) that entered the aircraft through the auxiliary power unit (APU) vent.
The captain made the decision to return to the Ottawa airport and the aircraft landed without incident. As the vapour had dissipated by that point, the aircraft returned to the gate where all of the passengers and crew disembarked.
At this time, investigations are ongoing to determine how the glycol entered the aircraft through the APU vent. Ottawa International Airport has a centralized de-icing facility that is operated by Aeromag 2000 Ottawa Inc. All Aeromag employees are trained on the safe application of de-icing fluid, which includes avoiding excess spraying on certain areas of the aircraft.
Sunwing Airlines has rebooked passengers on a flight that will be departing Ottawa later today at 12:35 pm.