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RDU-Toronto flight makes emergency landing in Pennsylvania

Posted February 27, 2015

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— An Air Canada flight from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Toronto made an emergency landing in western Pennsylvania over smoke from a shorted-out cabin light.

Air Canada Express Flight 7316 landed safely at around noon Friday at Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh.

No injuries were reported.

A spokeswoman for flight operator Air Georgian says the captain of the twin-engine Bombardier CRJ opted to land out of an abundance of caution. She says the electrical problem turned out to be minor.

Passenger Ryan Freeman said he was not sure if he was going to make it.

"I called my girlfriend and my mom, when we were at about 1,000 feet, and told them I love him," he said. "I really wasn't sure if we were going to make it to an airport. It all turned out for the best."


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