Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. WestJet Flight Lands Safely after Problem with Landing Gear Forces Reroute

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. WestJet Flight Lands Safely after Problem with Landing Gear Forces Reroute

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WestJet flight lands safely after emergency

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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - A WestJet plane has landed safely in Prince George, British Columbia, after a potential problem with the aircraft's landing gear forced it to divert from its original flight plan on Tuesday.

Airline spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said the crew aboard WestJet Encore flight 3105 declared an emergency around 10:30 a.m.

"The flight crew received an indication of a potential issue with the nose landing gear," Stewart said in an email. The flight crew rerouted the plane "out of an abundance of caution," she added.

The flight left Vancouver Tuesday morning for Terrace, B.C., but touched down instead about 550 kilometres east of there in Prince George at around 11:45 a.m.

The plane landed normally and no one was injured, Stewart said.

The decision was made to divert because of better weather in Prince George, which would allow the airport's control tower to visually check to make sure that the landing gear was down, Stewart said. …

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