50 years ago: C-46 plane has emergency landing at Owen Roberts Airport

George-Town-50-years-finalIn the Oct. 12, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town news included:

“A twin-engine C-46 cargo plane operated by TAN airlines of North America with a crew of 2 made a perfect emergency landing on one engine at Owen Roberts Airport on Thursday evening.

“According to the pilot, who is 30 years of age, his port motor failed about 150 miles west of Grand Cayman in the vicinity of Cuba as he was travelling empty from Honduras to Miami. Having shut the engine off he turned back and travelled at an altitude of 9,000 feet for 1½ hours before reaching here.

“Having one engine out of action, once she had landed, she was unable to taxi to the apron so Hadsphaltic, with their heavy equipment, succeeded, with a good deal of effort, to pull her off the runway on to the apron to allow the regular services to come in.

“Perhaps it is not realised what a tremendous loss such unauthorized flights are to us at the present time. Mr. Chadwick, the Director of Civil Aviation, [said] that he had warned all relevant bodies that the airport was closed and had even sent out reminders … but still aircraft try to land and often have to be turned back.

“His Honour the Administrator and Mrs. J.A. Cumber arrived back in the island on Sunday looking extremely fresh after their leave in Britain.

“On the apron to meet them were His Honour the Acting Administrator and Mrs. D.V. Watler, all the Heads of Departments in the Civil Service, most of the MLAs and a large number of friends. Officers of the Girls’ Brigade gave a special welcome to Mrs. Cumber, their island president.

“In the island for the day on Sunday were Mr. P.R. Short, Senior Communications Officer Telegraph, and Mr. T. Ivatts, Communications Officer, Caribbean and South America, both of B.O.A.C. The purpose of their visit was to inaugurate the first teleprinter service in the Cayman Islands.

“Cable & Wireless have provided the equipment for BWIA, which will at first be used for training personnel for ultimate connection with the Cable & Wireless Tropospheric Scatter System, due to be implemented in December. They will then be directly connected to IACC at Palisadoes Airport in Kingston. IACC is at present connected to the New York electronic switching which relays messages worldwide to other electronic computers.

“Rudi Selzer and Joanne Groves became husband and wife at a marriage ceremony performed at the Church of God Chapel, George Town, on Oct. 5 by Rev. Carl Holm. The ushers were Lawrence Thompson and Buddy Bush.

“To the strains of the ‘Wedding March,’ the bride entered the Church on the arm of her brother-in-law, Mr. Brent Bush …. The wedding attendants were: Paul Dyson, Bill Maycock, Dave Foster (best man), Lowell Panton, Peter Milburn, Hebe Massias, Isabel Warren, Lyda Bush, Claudia Ebanks, Belva Lou Rivers, Arden Parsons, Sheryl Rivers, Anthony Panton (ring-bearer), and Jewel Ebanks and Miriam Bush (flower girls).

“We were interested to hear from Mr. Arnold Shore that 250 turtles were recently brought from the Keys to Cayman Lobster Ltd. This means that a good supply is now available for local consumption and for sending abroad.”

In the same issue, George Town correspondent Frances Bodden wrote:

“I am informed by Mrs. Ethel Cook-Bodden, Chairman of the Hospital Fund, that a 116 pound cheque was paid from the fund on the Oct. 5 for the purchase of electric fans for the hospital.

“Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Selzer have gone to Jamaica on their honeymoon. They expect to stay at the Silver Seas Hotel in Oracabessa.

“Mr. Roy Nugent arrived from Caracas on the 9th from National Bulk Carriers’ Ore Saturn after being away for almost a year.

“Mr. John Franklin Bodden left on the 9th for training in Jamaica with Cable & Wireless on a six to eight week course. He was accompanied by his mother, Mrs. Willie Bodden, who is on a visit to Jamaica.”