Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Business | By Eloise Houston

189 passengers use slides to get off smoking plane at Newark Airport

189 passengers use slides to get off smoking plane at Newark Airport

Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, told CNN that the pilot of the Air Transat flight requested an emergency landing at 8:20 a.m., saying there was smoke in the aircraft.

Passengers were evacuated onto the runway via emergency slides, said airline spokeswoman Debbie Cabana. Passengers were then taken by bus to the terminal.

One person tweeted a video of the runways and it showed emergency vehicles surrounding the aircraft.

Cabana said nobody was injured, however a Port Authority of NY and New Jersey spokesperson said two passengers reported minor injuries, and one was taken to a hospital to be examined.

One of the injured passengers was taken to hospital for treatment.

However the airport said in a statement they were not related to the smoke.

No fire was found and the cause of the smoke remains under investigation, he said.

Coleman said crews were had to get the plane off the runway so the runways could be reopened and flights could resume.

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.

"You don't want to live that twice, " Chauvin said.

The flight was originally scheduled to land in Fort Lauderdale at 11 a.m. "It was very stressful, people were there but it's stressful, it's scary".

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