Newark Runways Temporarily Closed From Possible Aircraft Fire

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 flight bound for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport made an emergency landing early Saturday in Newark, New Jersey, after smoke was reported inside the cargo hold.

Initial reports say that passengers on the Boeing 737-800 evacuated using emergency slides.

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. The plane landed safely with 189 passengers on board, and no serious injuries were reported.

Shortly before 10 a.m., the FlightAware website, which monitors flight delays across the nation, was reporting arrival delays ranging from 1 hour and 16 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes, and departure delays of up to 1 hour, at Newark Liberty because of the incident.

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A Newark airport official said that no fire was found but there was a lot of smoke after the aircraft landed. They were able to successfully stop, activate their evacuation slides and escape from the plane.

No fire was found and the cause of the smoke remains under investigation, said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey said.

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

This story has been corrected to note that there were 189 passengers aboard rather than 89 passengers aboard.

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