Emergency landing at airport

A Spirit Airlines jet with 133 passengers on board made an emergency landing at the Owen Roberts International Airport on Wednesday evening.

Flight 438 from the Nicaraguan capital of Managua to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, diverted to Grand Cayman after an indicator light came on in the cockpit.

Spokeswoman for the airline, Misty Pinson, said the flight ‘made a normal safe landing with no injuries’.

Police closed roads around the airport around 6pm as emergency services went on standby to await the plane’s landing. The Airbus landed at 6.18pm.

After the plane underwent a maintenance inspection and was cleared for take-off, it continued on its journey to Fort Lauderdale, she said.

One passenger refused to re-board the aircraft and was given hotel accommodation overnight before flying from Cayman on Thursday, Ms Pinson said.

The plane took off from Owen Roberts after 10pm.

The roads around the airport were closed off for the emergency landing, the second time this has happened in past month.

Caren Thompson-Palacio, communications and marketing manager for the Cayman Islands Airports Authority, said it was standard procedure for police to close off the roads around the airport because of their proximity to the runway and this was done as a precautionary measure.

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