Smokey emergency landing suspends Newark Airport flights

The flight bound for Florida had to make an emergency landing at Newark Liberty International Airport

The flight bound for Florida had to make an emergency landing at Newark Liberty International Airport

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.

In a Tweet, the FAA said Air Transat Flight 942, a Boeing 737 was en route from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, Florida when it reported a possible fire in the cargo hold and diverted the flight to Newark Liberty International Airport at about 8:30 a.m., the FAA said in a tweet.

Firefighters responded and passengers were evacuated on emergency slides, the FAA said.

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

But after reports of smoke coming from the cargo hold, the Air Transat flight was forced into a dramatic detour.

Two passengers sustained "minor injuries" unrelated to the smoke condition, sources said.

Those traveling through the airport are advised to contact your airline for flight status updates.

Another plane will be sent to Newark shortly in order to continue the flight, Cabana said.

A Port Authority spokesman later told NJ.com no fire was found inside the plane.

"Our 189 passengers' safety is our top priority and they were evacuated promptly upon landing", she said in an email.

All runways were closed just after 9 a.m. and no flights were getting in or out, according to a message from the Port Authority on the airport's Twitter account, which said flights resumed about 9:45 a.m.

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