Plane makes emergency landing, passengers evacuated

Roman Schwartz
March 12, 2019

Air Transat Flight 942 was headed to Fort Lauderdale from Montreal, Canada, when it was diverted to Newark at 8:30 a.m. EST after the pilot reported a possible fire in the cargo.

The Boeing 737 aircraft was evacuated using emergency slides, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Firefighters swooped on the scene at Newark Liberty International Airport after the landing.

Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, told CNN that the pilot of the Air Transat flight requested an emergency landing at 8:20 a.m., saying there was smoke in the aircraft.

The airline in a message on its Twitter account said it was flight 492 from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale which said there was smoke in the plane's cargo hold. Two people suffered minor injuries not related to the smoke on the plane, according to Coleman. But by 10 a.m., it was reported that flights had resumed, although many were delayed. Passengers were then taken by bus to the terminal.

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Steve Coleman, spokesperson for the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, told Radio-Canada two passengers reported minor injuries - one had a panic attack, and the other was injured during the evacuation.

"The plane landed safely", Coleman said.

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

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

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