Cayman Airways plane damaged by private jet

Cayman Airways' Saab 340B+ services the Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac route. - PHOTO: CHARLES DUNCAN

The newest addition to Cayman Airways fleet, its 34-seat Saab prop plane, was damaged last week by the jet blast of a nearby private aircraft, according to the airline.

The Saab aircraft was parked and secured for the night when it sustained “minor damage” from the jet blast of a nearby private aircraft as it was maneuvering on the ramp at the Owen Roberts International Airport, Cayman Airways stated in a press statement.

The Cayman Islands Airports Authority is investigating the incident.

The Saab 340B+, which is the plane dedicated to serving the Brac from Grand Cayman, was removed from its scheduled operations in order to receive the necessary repairs.

During this time, Cayman Airways says it has made alternative scheduling and aircraft arrangements to ensure all passengers are accommodated with “minimal inconvenience.”

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The Saab, which took its inaugural flight in November and replaced the previously leased Embraer 120 in January, is expected to resume service later this week.

Cayman Airways CEO Fabian Whorms said in the press statement that the plane has been operating “very reliably” since its full launch into service.

“So, to have this unanticipated removal from service over the Easter weekend was very disappointing,” Mr. Whorms said. “Cayman Airways apologizes for any inconvenience caused during this period and we thank our loyal customers for their continued support.”

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