Emergency services rushed to Owen Roberts International Airport Monday in case their assistance was needed as a Cayman Airways flight made an emergency landing.
Flight 793 departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York at 9.03 a.m. and on its final approach to Grand Cayman flight crews found an issue with one of the main landing gear position indicating systems.
“This event was one where the landing gear was operating correctly and was fully extended, but an anomaly with the position indicating system gave an incorrect reading,” said Fabian Whorms, CEO of Cayman Airways Limited.
“We understand and appreciate the concern and anxiety that arises whenever emergency crews are placed on standby for a landing at the airport, however, and would like to apologize for any inconveniences arising from this event,” he added.
The roads to the airport was temporarily closed off as fire and ambulance services stood by on the ground for the Cayman Airways plane to touch down. The flight landed safely.
According to a media release issued by the airline Monday afternoon, flight captain Sean Bent elected to delay the landing of the aircraft until the position of the gear could be confirmed. Cayman Islands Airports Authority officials said emergency services were asked to stand by on the ground.
“There was a landing gear problem, so they were in a holding pattern, and they landed safely without incident at 12.09 p.m.,” said Bianca Moore-Downey of the Cayman Islands Airports Authority.
The aircraft in question was taken out of service to rectify the defective indicating system and, as a result, two subsequent flights were delayed – Flight KX882 from Grand Cayman to La Ceiba, Honduras, took off four hours late and Flight KX883 from La Ceiba to Grand Cayman was delayed by about three and a half hours.
Mr. Whorms said, “Cayman Airways assures the traveling public that the safety of our operations receives nothing but the highest possible attention and priority at all times, and we would like to thank everyone for their understanding, support, and continued patronage.”