August 5, 2014 10:11 pm
Updated: August 5, 2014 10:21 pm

Plane makes emergency landing in Nova Scotia after reports of a fire

Gene J. Puskar / The Associated Press

A United Airlines Boeing 777 airliner carrying over 200 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing at Halifax Stanfield International Airport Tuesday night, after reports of a fire in the plane’s galley.

Peter Spurway, spokesperson for the Halifax Airport Authority, told Global News the captain of Flight 999 from Newark. N.J. to Brussells declared an emergency before landing safely at around 9:50 p.m.

Airport Fire and Halifax Regional Fire units met the plane on the tarmac, but the flight crew had already contained and extinguished the fire.

The 233 passengers and crew members on board were safely evacuated without injury or incident, and are set to board a replacement aircraft 2:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Spurway says the Boeing 777 involved in the incident will not be going anywhere until it is inspected by United Airlines authorities. Transport Canada will also be investigating.

Trans-Atlantic Flight 999 is a regularly scheduled flight.

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