August 6, 2014 8:40 am
Updated: August 6, 2014 8:41 am

Passengers resume trip to Europe after fire forces plane to land in Halifax

In this FILE photo, a United Airlines logo is seen behind the ticket counter at Chicago's O'Hare airport on August 13, 2013.

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HALIFAX – Passengers from a United Airlines flight that made an emergency landing in Halifax resumed their trip to Europe Wednesday.

Halifax Airport Authority spokesman Peter Spurway says the airline sent a back up jet which left for Brussels around 5 a.m.

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Spurway says the pilot of Flight 999 declared an emergency and decided to land at the nearest available airport on Tuesday following a small fire in the galley in the rear of the Boeing 777.

He says the fire was extinguished on board but there was smoke in the cabin.

The plane landed safely just before 10 p.m.

There were no injuries among the 233 people on board the trans-Atlantic flight from Newark, N.J. to Brussels.

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