U.S. Military Plane Makes Emergency Landing in N.L.

An American military plane was forced to make an emergency landing early Monday at St. John's International Airport in Newfoundland after reporting hydraulic problems.

Airport spokesman Bob Nurse said the U.S. air force C-17 from Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina was headed overseas with 35 people on board.

Emergency vehicles were dispatched, but the cargo plane landed safely around 1 a.m., about 30 minutes after the trouble was reported.

No one was hurt.

Nurse said it was unclear whether there was a pressure problem or a leak related to the hydraulics.

He said hydraulic problems can create stability issues in terms of being able to manoeuvre the aircraft, but are not considered a major issue on their own.

"When you don't know what's causing the problem, you want to get it down and have it checked out to make sure there's nothing more going to happen,'' said Nurse, the airport's director of emergency response and security.

A maintenance crew was expected to arrive Tuesday to examine the aircraft.

The passengers and crew were staying in a local hotel in the meantime.

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