LIAT new plane grounded due to mechanical problem
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – The regional airline, LIAT, Monday confirmed that one of its new aircraft had developed mechanical problem forcing it to be taken out of service.
The airline said the French-made ATR had developed a “steering defect” while taxing at the V C Bird International Airport.
It said as a result, the plane, Flight LI 775 which was due to travel to St Lucia and Trinidad “was moved to the ramp where it’s being examined by the company’s maintenance staff and will undergo the necessary repairs before being returned to service”.
The airline said that passengers on the affected aircraft were being accommodated on other LIAT services.
LIAT, whose principal shareholder governments are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines, recently obtained a multimillion-dollar loan from the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to re-fleet its aging fleet with the French-made ATRs.