UPDATE: Grounded jet changes Cayman Airways schedule

Updated, 10:30am Monday:

The Cayman Airways jet that made an emergency landing in Orlando on Sunday has been removed from service ‘indefinitely’ for repairs, according to a statement from Cayman Airways President and CEO Fabian Whorms.

With one fewer Boeing 737-300 available to fly, the airline’s flight schedule for Monday has been changed:

  • KX793, scheduled to depart from JFK International Airport (New York City) at 8:45am, will now depart at 7:30pm.
  • KX2606, scheduled to depart from Grand Cayman at 6:05pm for Norman Manley International Airport (Kingston), will now depart at 10:10pm.
  • KX2607, scheduled to depart from Kingston at 8:10pm, will now depart at 12:10am (Tuesday).
  • KX200/201, the flights between Grand Cayman and Tampa International Airport, will operate on Tuesday, 10 Sept., instead.

According to Cayman Airways, “All other flights are expected to operate on schedule. Passengers on affected flights will receive updates on their new flight times via email and text messages.

“Affected passengers may call Cayman Airways Reservations on 345-949-2311 or 1-800-422-9626 (toll free in the United States) with any questions or concerns.”

***Original story***

The captain of a Cayman Airways flight bound for New York City was forced to make an emergency landing in Orlando on Sunday afternoon after smoke was detected in one of the jet’s cargo holds.

This screenshot from a mobile phone video shows a Cayman Airways jet on the tarmac in Orlando following an emergency landing Sunday. – Image: Kyle Ritch

According to a news release from Cayman Airways, flight KX792 from Grand Cayman to JFK International Airport was diverted to Orlando International Airport “following a smoke indication in one of its cargo holds”.

“As a result, Captain Frederick Whorms declared an emergency, and the aircraft was landed safely. The Captain and crew successfully conducted an emergency evacuation of the aircraft, which resulted in all passengers and crew safely exiting the aircraft.

“Passengers and crew were then transported to the airport terminal.”

Photos and video on social media show the Cayman Airways Boeing 737-300 jet resting on the Orlando tarmac, flanked by emergency services vehicles, while passengers and crew stand in the grass near the runway.

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