Plane Makes Emergency Landing in NJ, Passengers Evacuated

10 March, 2019, 03:55 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • The flight bound for Florida had to make an emergency landing at Newark Liberty International Airport

All flights in and out of Newark Airport were temporarily halted Saturday morning after a flight from Canada to Florida diverted there with a possible fire in the cargo hold, officials said.

A flight bound for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport made an emergency landing early Saturday in Newark, New Jersey, after smoke was reported inside the cargo hold.

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

The emergency landing shut Newark airport to all arrivals and departures.

Two of the passengers reported minor injuries, neither related to smoke, and one was taken to a hospital to be examined, said Steve Coleman, deputy director of media relations at the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey.


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. An additional runway is expected to be open shortly, he said. Another aircraft was to be sent to Newark to operate the flight to Fort Lauderdale, she said. One person was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The incident remains under investigation.

Chauvin said she never smelled any smoke in the plane, and the landing went smoothly.

All runways were closed just after 9 a.m. and no flights were getting in or out, according to a message from the Port Authority on the airport's Twitter account, which said flights resumed about 9:45 a.m.

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