Fire Prompts Sudden Landing of United Airlines Flight in Halifax

United Airlines Flight 999 en route from New York to Europe, aboard more than 300 people, had to make an unexpected landing in Halifax last night. The RCMP confirmed to have received a call regarding a fire onboard the flight on 9:20 p.m. Aug. 5.

A spokesman for the Halifax International Airport Authority, Peter Spurway, mentioned during an interview on late Tuesday night that “there was a small fire on board, the fire was extinguished,” adding that “the captain did declare an emergency and diverted into Halifax Stanfield and landed safely at 9:50 p.m.” Consequently, the airport’s fire department provided full support and no injuries were reported. However, the cause of the fire remains unknown as yet. So far, the plane remained at the airport at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Spurway explained that “there are two alternatives,” elucidating that “the passengers could be taken off the airplane, put through Canada customs and then another flight would come along (Wednesday) and pick them up. But that’s up to the airline. I’m not sure what United’s plans are.”

Division commander with Halifax Regional Fire Service, Scott Shaffner, confirmed to have received a call about a fire on an airplane at about 9:22 p.m. Shaffner explained that the fire was out by the time the plane landed, adding “but there was some smoke on board.” Furthermore, Shaffner added that “the last I heard they were evacuating people out and our individuals stood down.”

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