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Medical emergency on board forces plane to land in Thunder Bay

Last Updated Feb 3, 2019 at 1:01 pm PST

The tail of a WestJet plane is seen dwarfing the Calgary skyline before the airline's annual meeting in Calgary, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The Transportation Safety Board says an onboard fire that forced a WestJet plane to return to the Calgary International Airport soon after takeoff last June was caused by spare e-cigarette lithium-ion batteries that a passenger failed to declare in his checked baggage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Summary

A Vancouver to Toronto flight was diverted to Thunder Bay

Westjet is rebooking passengers but their travel will be delayed

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A medical emergency on board a Westjet flight from Vancouver to Toronto Sunday morning will see some passengers’ travel plans delayed by up to a day.

Flight 700 left Vancouver airport as scheduled at about 6:45 am with 134 passengers on board, but late in the flight had to make an emergency landing in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The airline tells NEWS 1130 that the incident was caused by a medical emergency on board but isn’t providing any more details.

Westjet says it’s now rebooking passengers on scheduled flights from Thunder Bay to Toronto, but admits some may not reach their destination until Monday.