Jet makes emergency landing in Churchill

A Boeing 777 jet from France was forced to make an emergency landing in Churchill Thursday morning. The jet landed safely and no one was hurt.

A Boeing 777 jet from France was forced to make an emergency landing in Churchill Thursday morning. The jet landed safely and no one was hurt.

The plane, Air France flight 062 with 189 people on board, was headed for Los Angeles from Charles de Gaulle Airport in France.

"The pilots declared an emergency – smoke in the cockpit – and landed safely at Churchill Airport shortly after 11 a.m.," says Transport Canada spokesperson Susan McLennan. "Local fire response was on site when the aircraft landed, but the situation was under control. There were no injuries."

Air France is reported to be sending two other planes to pick up the passengers. There is no word on how long the passengers will be stranded in Churchill.

The Churchill airport is used for emergency landings because one of its runways is large enough to handle big planes.

In the last 12 years, airport officials say five jets have used the Churchill airport for emergency landings.