NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Newark Liberty International Airport was temporarily shut down Saturday morning after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing.
According to the FAA, an Air Transat flight headed from Montreal to Florida was forced to divert to New Jersey after the pilot reported either smoke or a fire in the plane’s cargo area around 8:30 a.m.READ MORE: Police: Man Stabbed In Head With Machete After Argument At Walmart In Kearny, N.J.
Fire crews quickly responded and evacuated passengers from the aircraft using emergency slides.READ MORE: Jury Begins Deliberations In R. Kelly Trial After 6 Weeks Of Testimony
Airport officials closed all runways during the emergency, but reopened the airport shortly before 10 a.m. Delays resulting from the shutdown reportedly grew to over 90 minutes early Saturday.
Two people suffered minor injuries during the evacuation, according to officials.
Sources tell CBS2 that airport officials still haven’t confirmed if a fire actually broke out in the cargo area. The aircraft was taken to a maintenance base as workers continue to investigate the emergency.