Plane returned to airport

An Air Canada flight that took off from the Owen Roberts International Airport Sunday afternoon had to land again just minutes after take-off because of a potential problem with a smoke indication light.

Acting CEO with the Cayman Islands Airports Authority Fred Sambula confirmed that Air Canada Flight 973 departed Owen Roberts Airport at 4.06 pm en route to Canada.

But just four minutes after departure the pilot contacted Air Traffic Control in Grand Cayman advising them of a smoke indication problem on board and that they would need to return to Grand Cayman.

The airplane landed at 4.29pm and was met by rescue and fire fighting services, said Mr. Sambula.

At 4.43pm a stand down was called and the aircraft took off safely again at 5.54pm.

Mr. Sambula said he did not believe there had been any smoke on board the aircraft.