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UK-Canada WestJet plane declares emergency, lands in Iceland

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, an Air China's Boeing 777 jet, top, taxis to a gate after landing at Beijing International Airport in Beijing, China. Air China said Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, that it had removed copies of its inflight magazine containing an article telling visitors to take precautions when visiting areas of London with large ethnic-minority populations. The state-owned airline, China's flag carrier, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that the September issue of "Wings of China" used "inappropriate" language and that the article didn't represent the airline's views.  (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, File)

FILE – In this Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, an Air China’s Boeing 777 jet, top, taxis to a gate after landing at Beijing International Airport in Beijing, China. Air China said Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, that it had removed copies of its inflight magazine containing an article telling visitors to take precautions when visiting areas of London with large ethnic-minority populations. The state-owned airline, China’s flag carrier, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that the September issue of “Wings of China” used “inappropriate” language and that the article didn’t represent the airline’s views. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, File)

LONDON (AP) — A WestJet flight from London to Edmonton diverted to Iceland on Saturday after the crew discovered a “potential mechanical issue,” the Canadian airline said.

The pilots aboard the Boeing 767 declared an in-flight emergency about two hours after taking off from Gatwick Airport. It landed safely at Keflavik airport, and the airline said “all guests and crew will be taken care of until we arrange new flights.”

The airline didn’t disclose the nature of the mechanical issue, but said the plane would remain in Iceland for maintenance, and passengers would be put up in hotels.

It declined to say how many people were onboard, citing competition reasons.

WestJet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said that declaring an emergency “does not necessarily mean an actual emergency has occurred,” and is a measure taken “out of an abundance of caution.”

 

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