Pilots, controller re-instated

Two Cayman Airways pilots and an air traffic controller suspended from duty following a low flyby at Owen Roberts International Airport in January have been re-instated.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands completed its investigation into a low flyby of a Boeing 737-200 at the airport on January 23, 2009.

The CAACI stated: ‘The investigation confirmed that the aircraft was operated below the minimum altitude prescribed and identified deficiencies in Cayman Airways’ flight operations authorisation procedures, and air traffic control procedures at the Cayman Islands Airports Authority.

‘As a result, the respective organisations have amended their respective procedures to mitigate against this type of occurrence happening again in the future.’

The Boeing 737-200 plane was being retired from service. There is a tradition in the aviation industry of low flybys for retiring aircraft.

According to the aviation authority, the Air Traffic Controller’s licence was reinstated without condition and the licences of the pilots were reinstated following their compliance with requisite CAACI directives.

Cayman Airways did not respond by press time to questions about any disciplinary action that had been taken regarding the two pilots, which routes they would now fly and if they had been suspended on full pay.