Published on : Friday, February 3, 2017
The flight had to circle over the city on Thursday morning prior to an emergency landing after smoke had been reported inside the airplane. Lauren Stewart, a spokesperson of WestJet said that the crew members on board the Flight 1402 from Calgary to Phoenix had noticed smoke inside the cabin shortly after the take off of the flight.
Stewart said that the situation had forced the pilot to declare an emergency.
Then, the decision was made to turn the flight back. The flight had circled the Calgary International Airport to drop weight before it made a safe landing.
On Thursday afternoon, Stewart said that even if an emergency had been declared, it does not necessarily imply that it is an actual emergency. She added that the declaration of the emergency landing makes sure that the landing is on time and also makes sure that alternative emergency vehicles are available for the passengers if required.
Also, she said that the passengers would be leaving for Phoenix on another flight within 90 minutes of landing that happened around 12.20 p.m.
Stewart also confirmed that no injuries have been reported.
She said that the smoke had dissipated a short while after it had appeared. This is the reason why they had chosen to circle before dropping weight prior to the landing.