Canadian Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Winnipeg After Bomb Scare
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A Canadian flight from Edmonton to Toronto was forced to make an emergency landing in Winnipeg after reportedly receiving a bomb threat.
According to Riley Martin of Global News, WestJet Airlines Flight WS442 was forced to land at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport Monday night at around 8:30 p.m. local time after receiving a threat.
Winnipeg airport fire crews made their way to the runway after the plane landed safely Monday night, and all of the people on board—54 passengers and five crew members—were safely evacuated from the aircraft by using the emergency chutes.
Unfortunately, six of the passengers onboard the WestJet flight were injured and taken to a local medical facility, while the rest of the people who were removed from the plane were put on buses and taken to local hotels for the night.
WestJet’s official Twitter account shared more details about the incident:
Six guests from #WS442 sustained injuries during the emergency evacuation. Those transported to hospital are being escorted by WestJetters.— WestJet (@WestJet) June 30, 2015
Airport officials expect to have the plane and its passengers to their final destination in Toronto by 2 p.m. local time on Tuesday. While it was unclear if the bomb scare had anything to do with it, but there were several delays late Monday night and even a delayed departure.
There have been a string of recent emergency landings, including one last week that saw a flight from Turkey to New York forced to land in Denmark after a bag left onboard caused a bomb scare, according to TravelPulse.
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