Newark Runways Temporarily Closed From Possible Aircraft Fire

Newark Runways Temporarily Closed From Possible Aircraft Fire

Runways at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., were shut down for over a half-hour Saturday morning after an Air Transat flight from Montreal was forced to make an emergency landing.

Fire crews quickly responded at Newark and the passengers were evacuated from the flight using emergency slides.

The incident briefly affected other takeoffs and landings at the Newark airport.

Both runways were closed during what Newark Liberty called an "airport emergency", but officials later announced that flights had resumed. But the pilots said they were unsure if there was actually a fire onboard, or if it was just a warning.

At 8:20 Air Transat pilot flying from Canada to Florida requested an emergency at Newark Liberty Airport after reporting smoke inside the aircraft, according to Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey.

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"The plane landed safely", Coleman told CNN.

A Port Authority of NY and New Jersey spokesman said two of the 189 passengers reported minor injuries, and one was taken to a hospital to be examined.

He said no fire was found but there was a lot of smoke. Arriving and departing flights were both delayed for at least 45 minutes. One hundred and eighty-nine passengers were aboard the flight, Cabana said.

"Our 189 passengers' safety is our top priority and they were evacuated promptly upon landing", said Debbie Cabana, Air Transat marketing director.

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