A Cayman Airways flight carrying 98 passengers declared a full emergency landing shortly after take off on Monday, according to airport officials.
En route to Havana, Cuba, Flight KX 832 departed Owen Roberts International Airport on schedule at 1:25 p.m., but was forced to turn back to Cayman to make an emergency landing.
“We confirm that the flight landed safely shortly before 2 p.m. at Owen Roberts Airport,” said Caren Thompson-Palacio, information officer of the Cayman Islands Airports Authority.
Fire, ambulance and police crews were on standby for the landing.
Cayman Airways’ president and CEO, Fabian Whorms, declined to comment on the reason behind the emergency landing, saying an official statement would be released later.
Passengers on board the plane disembarked and the flight was rescheduled for 4:45 p.m. Monday.
Just over a year ago, a plane on the same route and with the same flight number was forced to return to Cayman due to a “technical discrepancy.” The airline stated it was not the same aircraft involved in Monday’s emergency landing.