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Air Canada plane leaving Halifax receives mid-flight threat, lands safely in U.S.

American officials are investigating after a threat was made against an Air Canada flight from Halifax to Newark, New Jersey, on Monday.

In a statement, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Newark Airport Police received a report around 12 p.m. Monday about a “threat made towards Air Canada flight 8657.”

It said the plane landed at the Newark Liberty International Airport without incident, and all passengers were deplaned safely with no reported injuries.

It said the Port Authority Police Department and its canine unit fully cleared the aircraft and normal operations resumed.

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The port authority declined to comment further. “There is no additional information at this time. The incident is under investigation,” it said.

Photos submitted by a passenger aboard the aircraft show multiple emergency vehicles on the runway and passengers waiting to be taken to the airport by bus.

According to flight records, Air Canada flight 8657 left Halifax on time at 10:59 a.m. Monday, and landed in Newark an hour and a half late at 1:40 p.m.

Air Canada could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday morning.

Global News has also requested comments from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada and the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

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