March 9 (UPI) -- Passengers on a plane that made an emergency landing at Newark Liberty International Airport were evacuated by slides Saturday morning and all flights were halted for about one hour.
While headed from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the crew on Air Transat Flight 942 reported a possible fire in the cargo hold, the Federal Aviation Administraiton posted on Twitter. The plane was diverted to the New Jersey airport at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, the FAA said.
Airport firefighters responded and the Boeing 737 landed on Runway 4 Right. All 189 passengers were evacuated on the runway via emergency slides transported to a terminal. Originally 89 passengers were reported on the flight.
Two minor injuries were reported but were not related to any smoke condition. One passenger complained of pain while sliding down the chute and another had a panic attack, Steve Coleman, a Port Authority spokesman, told NorthJersey.com.
A Port Authority spokesman later told NJ.com no fire was found inside the plane.
Flight operations were temporarily grounded but resumed, according to a 9:44 a.m. Twitter post by the the airport.
Another aircraft and crew continued the flight to Fort Lauderdale with a 9:25 p.m. departure from Newark, according to the airline.
Air Transat, one of Canada's largest airlines, is based in Montreal, and serves around 60 destinations in 25 countries for scheduled flights and charters in the Americas and Europe.
The airline has 12 Boeing 737's in its fleet, according to Canada's transport agency. Air Transat