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American Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Canada

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  • Plane makes emergency landing after reports of smoke in the cabin
  • Flight 64 was en route from New York to Zurich
  • A Boeing 767 was sent to Halifax and has resumed the flight to Switzerland
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(CNN) -- An American Airlines flight with 206 passengers and crew aboard landed safely in eastern Canada on Tuesday night after reports of smoke in the cabin, an airport official said.

"The passengers were fine," said Paul Baxter, vice president of operations at Halifax International Airport. "We didn't use the emergency slides."

Flight 64 was en route from New York to Zurich, Switzerland, when "some kind of fire" broke out, forcing the landing in Nova Scotia, a representative of the airline said.

A replacement plane, a Boeing 767, was sent to Halifax and has resumed the flight to Switzerland. Mechanics from American will check the plane and make any necessary repairs before returning it to service.

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