Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Emergency Landing Temporarily Closes Runways at Newark Liberty Airport

Air Transat fire EMERGENCY An Air Transat flight was forced to land after a reported fire
Priscilla Morrison | 12 March, 2019, 02:54

According to the FAA, at around 8:30 Saturday morning, Air Transat Flight 942 from Montreal, Canada to Fort Lauderdale, Florida was diverted.

A passenger flight made an emergency landing at the Newark Liberty International Airport in the USA state of New Jersey Saturday morning due to a possible fire in the cargo hold, causing a temporary shutdown of the airport, authorities said.

Passengers on the Boeing 737 were evacuated, and two sustained minor injuries.

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

Coleman said crews were had to get the plane off the runway so the runways could be reopened and flights could resume.

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

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A Port Authority spokesman later told NJ.com no fire was found inside the plane.

Cabana said nobody was injured, however a Port Authority of NY and New Jersey spokesperson said two passengers reported minor injuries, and one was taken to a hospital to be examined.

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

Coleman advised passengers to check with their airlines about the status of their flight.

"Our 189 passengers' safety is our top priority and they were evacuated promptly upon landing", said Debbie Cabana, Air Transat marketing director.

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