02/11/2015 10:20 EST | Updated 04/13/2015 05:59 EDT

Air Canada Dreamliner Makes Unscheduled Landing In Anchorage, Alaska

Air Canada says a decision was made to land the plane as a precaution.

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A Boeing 787 Air Canada Dreamliner en route from Vancouver to Narita, Japan made an unscheduled landing in Anchorage Alaska last night five-and-a-half hours into its flight after an oil indicator from one of the engines.

Air Canada says a decision was made to land the plane as a precaution. The airline says the plane landed normally in Anchorage.

A new aircraft was dispatched and the plane's passengers are on their way to Narita this morning.

Air Canada unveiled the Dreamliner in Canada last May to a great deal of fanfare in an elaborate show-and-tell.

The state-of-the art aircraft can seat between 210 and 325 people, is made with carbon-fibre composite materials and features a sophisticated electrical system. 

According to Air Canada and Boeing, the 787 is quieter, lighter and 20 per cent more fuel efficient than similar-sized planes, and has up to 45 per cent more cargo capacity.

Air Canada has ordered 37 Dreamliners — at a total cost of $6 billion.


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