Air Canada Flight 549 diverts to Toronto after emergency

PUBLISHED Fri, January 29, 2016 - 7:28pm EST

Air Canada Flight 549, which was flying from New Jersey to Vancouver, experienced a cabin pressure issue and made an emergency descent before diverting to Toronto. No injuries have been reported. (more)

Flight 549, an Airbus A319 aircraft, took off from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey at about 6:22 p.m. ET on Friday and was scheduled to make a 5.5-hour flight to Vancouver International Airport.

While flying over Pennsylvania, the aircraft experienced a drop in pressurization, which caused the pilot to initiate a rapid descent from an altitude of 34,000 feet to 10,000 feet. The aircraft then declared an emergency and diverted to Toronto Pearson International Airport, where it landed at 7:53 p.m. ET.

Fire crews were on standby at the Toronto Airport, but the aircraft landed without incident, and there were no immediate reports of injuries. The aircraft was carrying 107 passengers, according to Angela Mah, a spokeswoman for Air Canada.

"Emergency services were requested as a precaution only, and the aircraft landed normally without incident," Mah said in an emailed statement. "We have made arrangements for our customers to get them on their way to Vancouver as soon possible on other flights."

MetroLyrics founder Milun Tesovic, who was on board the aircraft, said oxygen masks came down as the aircraft carried out its emergency descent. "Want to note everyone seemed fine and the crew and captain did a great job," he wrote on his Twitter account.

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