Published: Sat, March 09, 2019
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Montreal-Fort Lauderdale flight makes emergency landing, passengers evacuated

Montreal-Fort Lauderdale flight makes emergency landing, passengers evacuated

A spokesperson said: "We confirm that flight TS492, a Boeing 737-800 that was flying from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, made an emergency landing in Newark (EWR) due to reports of smoke in the cargo hold".

A plane forced to make an emergency landing at Newark Airport shut down the busy facility Saturday morning.

At 8:20 Air Transat pilot flying from Canada to Florida requested an emergency at Newark Liberty Airport after reporting smoke inside the aircraft, according to Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey.

An Air Transat statement said, "Our 189 passengers' safety is our top priority and they were evacuated promptly upon landing". Two minor injuries were reported were not related to any smoke condition. Another aircraft was to be sent to Newark to operate the flight to Fort Lauderdale, she said.

"The plane landed safely", Coleman told CNN.

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UPDATE (1 p.m. Saturday): The Associated Press reported that no fire was found inside the plane, and the cause of the smoke in the cargo area remains under investigation.

They exited the plane onto the runway using emergency slides, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

One of the injured passengers was taken to hospital for treatment.

Some runways were closed during the "airport emergency", but officials later announced that flights had resumed. One hundred and eighty-nine passengers were aboard the flight, Cabana said.

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