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Air Canada flight to Washington makes emergency landing after smoke discovered in cockpit

An Air Canada flight was forced to make an emergency landing on Sunday, March 25, due to smoke in the cockpit.
An Air Canada flight was forced to make an emergency landing on Sunday, March 25, due to smoke in the cockpit. Twitter user: David Brown @davidb22307 / Global News

An Air Canada flight from Toronto to Washington was forced to make an emergency landing Sunday evening after smoke was discovered in the cockpit.

Flight 7618 was headed for Ronald Reagan airport when pilots discovered the smoke and diverted to Washington’s Dulles International Airport.

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Sky Regional, which operates Air Canada Express, says 63 passengers and four crew members were unharmed after exiting the plane on the tarmac at Dulles.

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Images posted online show emergency vehicles parked on the tarmac as passengers gather nearby.

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Andrew Trull, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, says passengers were evacuated via an emergency slide and taken to the main terminal.

He says there were no delays as a result of the incident, and all runways are now back up and running normally.