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Air Canada makes emergency landing in Turks and Caicos

The flight was en route from Toronto and landed safely after reporting hydraulic problems.

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An Airbus A320 is shown at takeoff. Air Canada's Flight 1252, which used an Airbus A319, experienced hydraulic problems and made an emergency landing today in the Bahamas. (Wikimedia commons)

An Air Canada jet traveling from Toronto to the Turks and Caicos islands has made an emergency landing after reporting hydraulic problems, according to The Associated Press.

Citing the airline, the news agency said the plane's captain had requested that Airbus A319 be met by emergency response vehicles on the tarmac as it approached its destination in Providenciales. No injuries were reported among the 110 passengers on board.

The airline's website by late this afternoon had not posted any statement on the emergency landing. According to the Canadian government's Transportation Safety Board (PDF), the wings of an Air Canada Airbus A330-343 touched the runway during takeoff in Frankfurt in 2002 and nearly crashed on attempting to return to the airport.

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Police in Canada said last month that drunken and unruly executives from the company Research in Motion, maker of the Blackberry line of smartphones, had forced the diversion of a Toronto-to-Beijing Air Canada flight in November, The New York Times reported.

An terrorist plot in 2006 to blow up trans-Atlantic flights was alleged to have targeted Air Canada fights, The Times also reported.

The company suffered a strike last year by nearly 4,000 of its employees but reached an agreement in June and entered into binding arbitration on discussions on employee pensions.

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