WestJet flight from Fort St. John makes emergency landing in Prince George

The WestJet Encore Bombardier Q400 aircraft that was involved in this morning's incident. Photo by Jose Ortiz/

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — There were some intense moments for passengers on a WestJet flight from Fort St. John bound for Vancouver this morning as the Q400 aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in Prince George.

According to data from, WestJet Encore flight 3205 left Fort St. John almost 30 minutes late this morning at 6:48 a.m. bound for Vancouver International. Around 25 minutes into the nearly two-hour flight, the aircraft made a rapid descent and turned toward Prince George, landing at YXS roughly an hour after it took off.

The flight track of WS3205, which made an emergency landing in Prince George roughly one hour after taking off from Fort St. John. Higher cruising altitude is shown in dark blue.

WestJet spokesperson Lauren Stewart confirmed that the flight diverted to Prince George after a fire detection warning light turned on in the cockpit. The crew declared an emergency to establish priority landing and the positioning of emergency vehicles, though the flight landed normally. All passengers, crew and baggage were offloaded, and according to Stewart, a preliminary inspection indicates at this time that no fire was present.

Stewart added that the airline is in the process of arranging for a plane from Calgary to retrieve the passengers and allow them to continue to YVR.