Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Plane makes emergency landing, passengers evacuated

Plane makes emergency landing, passengers evacuated

A flight to Fort Lauderdale from Montreal with 189 people aboard was forced to make an emergency landing in Newark, N.J., Saturday morning after reports of smoke inside the aircraft, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Boeing 737 landed and remained on the runway while airport firefighters responded, and passengers evacuated via emergency slides, she said.

The incident briefly affected other takeoffs and landings at the Newark airport.

All runways at Newark Liberty - one of the nation's busiest airports - were shut down temporarily, and the plane was removed from the runway.

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.

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He said no fire was found and the cause of the smoke remains under investigation.

The resident of Beloeil, east of Montreal, said it only took two or three minutes for authorities to arrive and to instruct the passengers to evacuate the plane by jumping onto cushioned mattresses.

"The plane landed safely", Statement from the New York Port Authority.

Coleman said crews were had to get the plane off the runway so the runways could be reopened and flights could resume. The passengers were evacuated from the plane on emergency slides. One hundred and eighty-nine passengers were aboard the flight, Cabana said.

This story has been corrected to note that there were 189 passengers aboard rather than 89 passengers aboard.

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