Airplane makes emergency landing at Moncton airport

A passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing at the Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport early Saturday.

Julien Boudreau, the district chief for the Dieppe Fire Department, said the plane had to make an emergency landing around 2:45 a.m. because of issues with its landing gear.

Boudreau did not have information on the specific problem.

An Air Canada spokesperson confirmed in an email  "the crew received an indication of an irregularity with one of its hydraulic systems" and was diverted to Moncton because of that. The spokesperson declined an interview request.

The small Air Canada Jazz plane had 16 passengers and three crew members on board. 

Airport spokesperson Julie Pondant said the plane was destined for the Magdalen Islands, a small archipelago in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The flight departed from Gaspé, Que.

The plane landed safely and no one was injured. 

Moncton Fire Department, Dieppe Fire Department,  Ambulance New Brunswick and RCMP were on scene when the plane landed.

"Thankfully everyone was able to de-plane safely," Pondant said.

The Moncton airport arranged a flight to the Magdalen Islands for the passengers aboard a different plane. The flight is scheduled to arrive late Saturday afternoon.