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De-icing fluid aborts flight to Cuba

March 22, 2013 at 4:28 PM

OTTAWA, March 22 (UPI) -- De-icing fluid that leaked into a power vent is responsible for the emergency landing in Ottawa of a commercial flight to Cuba Friday morning, officials say.

The leaking fluid created a white, odorless haze inside the plane that frightened passengers, CBC News reported.

The vapor appeared about 5 minutes after the Sunwing aircraft departed Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. The pilot of the Boeing 737-800 turned the plane and headed back to the Ottawa airport, Sunwing said in a statement.

About 170 passengers were aboard.

Paramedics were alerted at 6:40 a.m. and the plane landed safely at 6:53 a.m., authorities dais.

Firefighters said the vapor disappeared about 2 minutes after the plane landed. There was no fire and no one was injured.

Passengers departed on a second plane about 12:35 p.m.

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