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Air Canada flight to YVR evacuated in San Francisco after smoke alarm goes off

Last Updated Mar 2, 2020 at 7:55 am PST

An Air Canada flight from San Francisco to Vancouver was forced to turn back and make an emergency landing. (Screen shot: www.flightradar24.com)

An Air Canada flight leaving San Francisco to Vancouver was forced to make an emergency landing

The plane was forced to turn back and passengers were evacuated on the tarmac

SAN FRANCISCO (NEWS 1130) — An Air Canada flight was evacuated in San Francisco Sunday morning after the smoke alarm went off.

It turns out, there wasn’t a fire.

A witness, Skip, works at San Francisco International Airport and says he saw passengers clearing out of the plane and saw the plane make an emergency landing.

“And all of a sudden people started pouring out of the wings in the front, but no flames or nothing. It had to make an emergency landing and interrupted a bit of runway service here at SFO.”

Skip adds he also saw one passenger jumping off the plane after it landed. “It’s like an eight-foot drop,” he says.

Air Canada says smoke was detected in one of the plane’s bathrooms, but the source is of it is still under investigation. Investigators with the US Federal Aviation Administration and maintenance crews are trying to figure out what happened and inspecting the plane to make sure it doesn’t happen again.