Disabled plane moved from Brac airport runway

The private plane's takeoff was aborted because its landing gear failed. The RCIPS police helicopter delivered engineers and equipment to help fix the disabled aircraft. - Photo: Sister Islands News Service

Charles Kirkconnell International Airport in Cayman Brac reopened Friday after its runway was closed for more than 20 hours when a private plane aborted its takeoff due to faulty landing gear.

The airport, which had been closed from about 11:40am Thursday, reopened at 7am Friday, after parts for the damaged aircraft were delivered by the police helicopter.

No one was injured in the incident, airport officials said, but crews were unable to move the plane from the runway immediately.

The runway closure led to the cancellation of five Cayman Airways flights between Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. The airline added an extra flight for Friday.

The Cayman Islands Airports Authority on Thursday requested the RCIPS Air Operations Unit to help take equipment and aircraft engineers to Cayman Brac so repairs on the private plane could be carried out.

“With the runway closed, the helicopter was the only option to expedite the removal of the plane and resume operations at the airport,” the RCIPS said in a statement.

The helicopter delivered two engineers and equipment to the airport at 5pm.

Medivac

While en route, the helicopter crew received a request for an urgent medical evacuation from Faith Hospital, so after dropping off the engineers and equipment at the airport, the helicopter landed at the hospital’s helipad and picked up the patient and a medic.

The helicopter landed on the Smith Road cricket pitch and the patient was transferred by ambulance to the Cayman Islands Hospital.