50 years ago: Excitement at the Brac airport, births

Cayman-brac--50-years-finalIn the Jan. 19, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

“The airport terminal on Wed. 12th was a little spot of excitement. It was rather fuller than usual, perhaps because of the windy, drizzly, chilly weather outside.

“We heard our C.B.A. plane circle twice before she came down on the strip on the third round. She was resting there about 20 minutes when the roar of another plane passed over our heads. In seconds, the men had our ‘baby’ clear of the runway, her tail about to enter the doorway of the terminal.

“Parker Tibbetts got busy on the phone contacting Grand Cayman and Jamaica but they knew nothing of a plane bound our way. He tried to make contact with the plane herself – no reply! Due to overhanging clouds we could hear but not see her.

“Our District Commissioner then ordered people and cars out and away from the terminal, anticipating a forced landing. However, this unidentified plane, having circled several times, at about 200 feet never did land. The C.B.A. pilot waited until he could be reasonably certain that our visitor was out of the way, then took off with his passengers about an hour behind schedule. We appreciate the prompt and precautionary attitudes of our D.C., the pilot and plane agent.

“Mr. and Mrs. Sam McCoy of Spot Bay became the happy parents of their third son on Wednesday, 12th.

“Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone Grizzel of Little Cayman and West End received the gift of a second son on Friday the 14th.”