Another emergency landing at Owen Roberts

A Twin Otter plane from Little Cayman was forced to land on one engine on Saturday, prompting a full emergency alert at Owen Roberts International Airport. No one was injured. 

The Cayman Airways Express, flight 4722, reported losing one of its two engines en route to Grand Cayman, according to a statement from the Cayman Islands Air Traffic Controllers Association. Roads were closed around the airport and fire service crews, police and hospital staff were on standby. 

The plane, which had 18 people on board, landed safely at 12:19 p.m. 

Fire service crews entered the runway and visually inspected the aircraft before the airport was reopened to commercial and private traffic. 

In its statement, the Air Traffic Controllers Association commended the “outstanding piloting” by the crew. 

The Cayman Islands Airports Authority confirmed there had been an emergency alert at the airport involving the CAL Express, and that the plane had landed safely.  

The incident was the fourth emergency landing at Owen Roberts International Airport this year. 

Despite attempts by the Cayman Compass to reach Cayman Airways for comment on Sunday, no response had been received by press time. 

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A Cayman Airways Twin Otter plane, like this one, made an emergency landing Saturday at Owen Roberts International Airport. No one was injured.
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  1. I actually find this more worrying than the CAL overshoot the previous weekend.

    My understanding is this is not the first CAL Express engine shutdown in the past twelve months – one source says this is the second but another suggests the total is three.

    Whatever the true figure the Twin Otter is powered by two PT6A engines and they are probably the most reliable turbo-props ever built. The MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) for these engines is around 350,000 hours so having to shut one down is hardly a minor event.

    I think we need something a bit more than a ”job well done” press release to explain what went wrong on Saturday.

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