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Aircraft make emergency landing, passengers are evacuated

NEWARK, NJ (AP) – Smoke reported aboard an Air Transat flight forced an emergency landing Saturday at a New Jersey airport, where 189 passengers were evacuated by emergency lights. Air Transat Flight 942 was on its way from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when reporting a possible fire in the cargo carrier and was forwarded to Newark Liberty International Airport at 8:30 am on Saturday, a federal aviation authority said. Boeing 737 landed and stopped on the runway while airport firefighters responded, and passengers evacuated via emergency lights, she said. Passengers were then taken by bus to the terminal. Two of the 1 89 passengers reported minor injuries, not related to smoke, and one was taken to a hospital to be investigated, said Steve Coleman, deputy head of media relations at the New York and New Jersey Port Authority. No fire was found and the cause of the smoke remains under investigation, he said. "Our safety of 189 passengers is our top priority and they were immediately evacuated upon landing," said Debbie Cabana, Air Transat's Marketing Manager. Another aircraft would be sent to Newark to drive the flight to Fort Lauderdale, she said. Both runways were closed during what Newark Liberty called an "airport emergency", but officials later announced that the flights were resuming.

Smoke reported aboard an Air Transat flight forced an emergency landing Saturday at a New Jersey airport, where 189 passengers were evacuated by emergency lights.

Air Transat Flight 942 was on its way from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when reporting a possible fire in the cargo carrier and was forwarded to Newark Liberty International Airport at 8:30 am on Saturday, a federal aviation authority said.

Boeing 737 landed and stopped on the runway while airport firefighters responded, and passengers evacuated via emergency lights, she said. Passengers were then taken by bus to the terminal.

Two of the 1

89 passengers reported minor injuries, not related to smoke, and one was taken to a hospital to be investigated, said Steve Coleman, deputy head of media relations at the New York and New Jersey Port Authority. No fire was found and the cause of the smoke remains under investigation, he said.

“Our safety of 189 passengers is our top priority and they were immediately evacuated upon landing,” said Debbie Cabana, Air Transat’s Marketing Manager. Another aircraft would be sent to Newark to drive the flight to Fort Lauderdale, she said.

Both runways were closed during what Newark Liberty called an “airport emergency”, but officials later announced that the flights were resuming.

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