Threat made towards an Air Canada flight travelling to the U.S. on Family Day

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Published February 20, 2024 at 3:19 pm

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A threat was made towards an Air Canada flight just before landing in the United States on Monday.

Air Canada flight 8657 was travelling from Halifax Stanfield International Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport when a threat was made on Feb. 19, according to an email statement sent to insauga.com from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The flight was scheduled to leave Halifax at 10:40 a.m. but departed late, at 11:39 a.m., according to Flight Aware.

Newark Airport Police received a report of a threat around 12 p.m. on Monday, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

But the plane landed at Newark Liberty International Airport at 1:36 p.m. without incident.

“…all passengers have deplaned safely with no reported injuries,” the statement reads.

At 2:52 p.m., Port Authority Police Department and its canine unit fully cleared the aircraft and normal operations have resumed.

There was no further information on the nature of the threat but the Port Authority said the incident is under investigation.

Reportedly, the Halifax Stanfield International Airport did not receive any threats about the flight.

The incident follows several odd occurrences on flights in recent weeks.

Last week, police arrested a man in Hamilton after he caused a disturbance wanting to smoke on an international flight. 

In January, a man attempted to open a door during a flight to Pearson.

And in late January, a Pakistan airline said flight attendants have seemingly “vanished” after landing on a flight at Pearson Airport in Mississauga.

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