Caribbean Airlines makes emergency landing
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – A Caribbean Airlines (CAL) plane with 52 people on board made an emergency landing at the Piarco International Airport Friday.
The pilot said he noticed that part of the engine of the French-built aircraft had become detached, a senior CAL official said.
‘Yes we can confirm that BW 300 bound for Caracas with four crew and 48 passengers returned to Pairco. The captain having declared an emergency landing when a section of the engine...was observed to have become detach on lift off, “ CAL public relations manager Clint Williams told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).
“We have to take a look at the aircraft ...as to ensure what would have caused such a detachment of that panel...,” he added.
Williams said that the incident occurred 15 minutes into the flight to Venezuela and that the French-built ATR-72 aircraft landed “without incident (and) the passengers and crew deplaned and were transported to the terminal.
“The captain followed all safety protocols by declaring a full emergency and ensuring that the fire brigade and others were on standby on the runway on landing.
‘Flight BW300 is expected to resume in an alternative aircraft,” he said, noting that the troubled aircraft would soon be removed from the runway, “ since the captain following protocols switched off the engines on landing”.