Plane Makes Emergency Landing, Passengers Evacuated


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

Julie Chauvin said she and nine of her family members were travelling to Fort Lauderdale for a cruise when they were told over the loudspeaker to follow emergency procedures in preparation for landing. They were able to successfully stop, activate their evacuation slides and escape from the plane.

The plane was met by firefighters and passengers exited the plane via emergency slides, the statement read.

He said no fire was found and the cause of the smoke remains under investigation.

"People started to get scared, we didn't know what was happening", she said in a phone interview.

Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman told New Jersey 101.5 that an Air Transat flight from Canada to Florida radioed the Newark tower to request an emergency landing due to smoke in the Boeing 737.

The emergency was managed in an orderly fashion and passengers were treated well, she said, but her money and personal belongings were still on the aircraft Saturday afternoon and it remained unclear when she would reach her destination.

Nevertheless, she said it's not an experience she wants to repeat.

The flight was originally scheduled to land in Fort Lauderdale at 11 a.m. "It was very stressful".