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Plane makes emergency landing at Newark Airport after fire reported onboard: officials

Posted at 9:19 AM, Mar 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-12 22:26:29-04

NEWARK, N.J. — Flights have resumed after an aircraft made an emergency landing at Newark Liberty Airport Saturday morning, the airport tweeted.

Air Transat Flight 942, a Boeing 737, departed from Montreal, Canada and was headed 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.

The aircraft landed on Runway 4 and remained on the runway while airport firefighters responded, the FAA said.

Passengers were evacuated by emergency slides.

Two people suffered minor injuries unrelated to any smoke conditions, the airport tweeted.

The diversion temporarily forced the closure of all runways at the airport.

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

All inbound flights are being held at their origin at about 10:45 a.m., according to according to FlightAware.

Departures and arrivals are experiencing delays of about an hour or more.

One person tweeted the scene of the incident, with the plane on the runway and emergency vehicles surrounding the aircraft.