Air Canada Flight Halifax-New York Suffers Mid-Air Security Threat

Air Canada Flight Halifax-New York Suffers Mid-Air Security Threat
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On February 19, an Air Canada flight between Halifax and New York Newark suffered a mid-air security threat, resulting in the isolation of the aircraft on arrival.

Air Canada Flight AC8657 Halifax-New York

Air Canada Flight Halifax-New York Suffers Mid-Air Security Threat
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Air Canada flight AC8657 is a routine scheduled flight between Halifax and New York Newark, with the affected rotation being operated by C-GJZH.

As per data from, C-GJZH is a 16.8 year old Bombardier DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 that started out life with Lynx Aviation as N502LX back in August 2007.

By September 2012, the aircraft was handed over to Republic Airlines, before being sent to Jazz Air in May 2016, which operates the aircraft for the Canadian airline.

Air Canada flight AC8657 departed Halifax at 1059 local time on February 19 and proceeded in a westerly direction towards New York Newark.

It is understood that during the flight, a security threat was made against the aircraft, which placed it under the radar of American officials to inspect upon arrival into Newark.

At 1340 local time, the aircraft landed and was instructed to an isolated area of the airport where passengers were evacuated and all bags were checked.

It is understood that nothing was found during the incident, with the aircraft then cleared back to the main terminal after this.

Currently, it is unclear what the nature of the security threat was, but these checks are normal when such an incident has happened.

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