Passengers Evacuated After Montreal Plane Makes Emergency Landing

Andrew Cummings
March 12, 2019

The plane had departed from Montreal and was on its way to Fort Lauderdale when the pilot reported a "possible fire in the cargo hold", according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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.

Airport firefighters responded to the scene and the Newark airport was shut down for about an hour.

Newark Airport officials closed all runways during the emergency, but reopened the airport just before 10 a.m.

A 737 bound for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has had to divert to NY due to a fire in the cargo hold. Passengers were then taken by bus to the terminal.

The plane landed safely and the 189 passengers exited through the plane's chutes.

Two of those on board received minor injuries.

No fire was found and the cause of the smoke remains under investigation, said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey said.

Flight operations were temporarily grounded but resumed, according to a 9:44 a.m. Twitter post by the the airport.

He said no fire was found but there was a lot of smoke.

"Our 189 passengers' safety is our top priority and they were evacuated promptly upon landing", said Air Transat in a statement.

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

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