Airplane engine blows out at Owen Roberts

A Delta Airlines plane was forced to abort its take off Thursday afternoon at Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman. 

According to two sources that spoke with the Caymanian Compass about the incident, one of the plane’s engines exploded just prior to take off. 

No one was injured in the incident. 

The Delta flight was believed to be headed to Atlanta. 

According to witnesses, crews were out on the tarmac picking up pieces of the engine after the incident. 

The following statement was released about the incident by the Cayman Islands Airports Authority on Friday:

“At 2.19pm Thursday, Delta Airlines flight 352 rejected a take-off from Owen Roberts International Airport and requested permission to return to the gate.

“Upon arrival at the gate ground crews liaised with flight crew and it was determined that the aircraft’s right engine had flamed out causing severe damage. A runway inspection was carried out by airport operations which found foreign object debris scattered over 1,500 feet of the runway.

“A decision was made to close the runway until it was deemed safe for operations. The runway was reopened at 6.08pm local time.”