CAL staff member held in San Andres

A Cayman Airways staff member was held for questioning by authorities in San Andres, Columbia in relation to controlled substances on 22 February 2007.

According to a press release from the national flag carrier the exact charges, quantities or types of substances, or nature of charges, if any, are not known at this time.

‘Although the events caused a delay in departure of returning flight KX8091 from San Andres to Grand Cayman, all other crew and passengers returned safely to Grand Cayman,’ the release stated.

CAL is co-operating with San Andres law enforcement to investigate the matter, it added.

In parallel, an internal investigation by CAL Safety, Security, and Quality Department is underway.

When contacted by the Caymanian Compass Minister for Tourism and Aviation Charles Clifford said, ‘As with all cases which are at this stage, the presumption of innocence must apply unless or until the contrary is proved and my advice to Cayman Airways is that they must be guided accordingly.

‘I have also advised that CAL should conduct its own internal investigation and work with the law enforcement agencies in San Andres and Cayman to get to the bottom of this matter.”

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