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Airliner makes emergency landing in St. John’s

Passengers check-in at an Air France counter in Nice International airport July 26, 2012. A transatlantic flight made an emergency landing in St. John’s Sept. 23, 2013.

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An Air France Boeing 777 with 281 passengers on board landed safely today in St. John's, N.L., after declaring an emergency for a technical issue.

The plane is a twin-engine jet airliner that was headed to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.

Marie Manning, a spokeswoman for the St. John's International Airport Authority, says it will be up to the crew to determine if it can take off again.

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Emergency crews responded to the landing, as is standard procedure, but Manning says it's for Air France to offer more detail on the technical problem.

A spokesperson for Air France could not be immediately reached.

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