Blast, bomb threat disrupt airport
Miami International Airport was put on
alert on Thursday morning following the discovery of a suspicious package and a
blaze in the fuel tanks.
The fuel fire had reduced supply to 40 per
cent of normal capacity. Because the main fuelling system was damaged, planes
were not able to be refuelled as normal and tanker trucks were pressed into
action, which takes much longer..
Cayman Airways confirmed
that there were no delays or cancellations and that their flights in and out of
MIA were operating as normal on Thursday. The carrier is based around Terminal
F, which was not affected by the bomb scare.
spokesman Tim Smith noted that due to the slow fuelling caused by the fuel farm
fire, delays may occur and that customers should contact their reservations
representative for latest information.
Two American Airlines
flights in and out of Grand Cayman were cancelled Thursday after a fire at
Flight AA561, which had
been due to arrive at Owen Roberts International 12.20pm, and departing flight
AA1018, scheduled to leave Cayman at 1.25pm, were
At 7.10am, a bomb detecting dog had
discovered the package near a baggage carousel at Terminal J, which is used by
US Airways, Lusthansa and Air Canada.
The area was evacuated but the package was
later cleared by local law enforcement officers on the
At 11pm Wednesday evening, a fire broke out
at the airport’s fuel farm storage area, which is where the fuel for planes is
Fire crews brought the blaze under control
by 1am Thursday.
Airport spokesman Greg Chin said that 22
outbound and 14 inbound flights had been cancelled by American Airlines and that
other operators were experiencing delays.
The fire occurred because of an explosion in
a fuel tank farm at the south-east corner of the airport, which is not near
runways or terminals.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain Eric Baum
noted that 20 units had contained the blaze and the strategy was to let the
tanks that were already on fire to burn out, plus preventing additional tanks
Officers are investigating the source of the
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