United flight makes emergency landing in Canada after fire reported aboard the plane

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - A spokesman for the airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia, says a United Airlines Boeing 777 airliner on its way to Brussels from the U.S. has made an emergency landing after a fire on the aircraft.

Peter Spurway, the spokesman for the Halifax Airport Authority, says the fire was in a contained area and was extinguished prior to the emergency landing Tuesday night. Spurway says the pilot of United Airlines Flight 999 decided to land at the nearest available airport.

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The plane with 233 people on board had been on a flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Brussels.

Spurway says the plane made a safe landing with firefighters from the Stanfield International Airport standing by, and no injuries were reported to airport authorities.

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