01/07/2017 16:06 EST | Updated 01/08/2018 00:12 EST

Air Canada flight from Fort McMurray to Toronto develops mechanical issue

WINNIPEG — An Air Canada plane made an unscheduled stop in Winnipeg due to a mechanical issue.

Winnipeg Airports Authority spokesman Tyler MacAfee says the plane was flying from Fort McMurray, Alta., to Toronto on Saturday when it developed a mechanical problem.

He says emergency crews were ready to respond, but he notes the plane landed safely.

Air Canada spokesman John Reber says in an email that the Airbus A319 had trouble with an engine throttle and landed without incident.

Reber says the plane is being inspected to identify the cause of the problem and will return to service after it is repaired.

He says there were 96 passengers on board the flight, and that they would be accommodated on other flights to Toronto as soon as possible.