Air Canada flight forced to land after pressurization problem

An Air Canada flight flying from the New York City area to Vancouver made an unexpected landing in Toronto due to a pressurization problem Friday night.

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Air Canada Flight 549 took off from Newark Liberty International Airport just before 6 p.m. ET and touched down in Toronto shortly before 8 p.m. ET.

The airline said that a pressurization problem with an air conditioning unit led to the landing.

“Standard procedures were followed and the aircraft descended to 10,000 feet,” said spokesperson Angela Mah. “Emergency services were requested as a precaution only, and the aircraft landed normally without incident.”

The flight will not carry on to Vancouver, according to Air Canada’s website.

Instead, arrangements have been made to get all 107 passengers to Vancouver on other flights.

AC549 landed normally YYZ w/o incident due to pressurization problem w/ AC unit. Arrangements made for customers to continue to YVR asap.

— Air Canada (@AirCanada) January 30, 2016

A Twitter posts from a passenger shows oxygen masks hanging from overhead compartments.

#AC549@aircanada that sucked. Lost pressure at 36k feet, rapid descend to 10k with masks on pic.twitter.com/188c9xYOGd

— Milun Tesovic (@miluntesovic) January 30, 2016

#AC549 want to note everyone seemed fine and the crew and captain did a great job

— Milun Tesovic (@miluntesovic) January 30, 2016


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