Passengers on a Swoop Airlines flight from London Ontario to Edmonton got an unexpected trip to Regina, after the plane was forced to land Wednesday night.
Smoke inside the aircraft prompted the emergency landing at YQR.
Airport President and CEO James Bogusz says they were notified of the approaching aircraft around 11:30 p.m.
“Just before midnight the aircraft not only landed, but it did dock with our terminal building,” said Bogusz. “Of course out of an abundance of caution we always activate our emergency response protocols anytime there is a concern on board and aircraft or with an aircraft itself,” Bogusz said.
Bogusz said those protocols include activating the airports fire department and notifying mutual aide, which includes Regina fire, police and EMS.
As of Thursday morning the more than 150 passengers on board the flight were still in Regina.
Bogusz said he believed Swoop was bringing in a replacement aircraft later on Thursday to get the stranded travelers to their destination.