Officers briefly halted flights out and in of Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport Saturday morning after a aircraft flying from Canada to Florida made an emergency touchdown there with a doable hearth within the cargo maintain, officers mentioned.
Air Transat Flight 942, a Boeing 737, was flying from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and diverted to Newark at 8:30 a.m. due to a doable hearth within the cargo maintain, based on the Federal Aviation Administration. The aircraft was met by airport firefighters at Newark.
The Air Transat jet had 189 passengers and 6 crew members on board and made the emergency touchdown after experiences of smoke within the cargo maintain, mentioned airline spokeswoman Debbie Cabana. Nobody was injured, she mentioned.
Passengers evacuated by emergency slides, mentioned the FAA.
As of 9:45 a.m. flights had resumed, the airport mentioned in a tweet.
Departing flights have been delayed by a least 45 minutes, and arriving flights are delayed by at the very least one hour.
The supply of the smoke was not instantly clear, however cargo maintain fires have grow to be a priority amongst federal officers and lawmakers. Final month, the Division of Transportation unveiled stricter rules for the transportation of lithium ion batteries by air as a consequence of fears of fires in cargo holds.