Fly Ja­maica, CAL planes in­volved in minor crash at Guyanese air­port

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Syranno Baines Gleaner Writer syranno.baines@glean­erjm.com

AN IN­COM­ING Caribbean Air­lines Limited (CAL) air­craft hit a sta­tion­ary Fly Ja­maica Air­lines (FJA) plane at the Cheddi Ja­gan In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Guyana around 6:40 a.m. yes­ter­day.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on the ramp as the Boe­ing 737-800 air­craft op­er­at­ing flight BW 527 was com­ing in from New York. The right wing of the CAL air­craft made con­tact with the tail cone of the Fly Ja­maica aero­plane.

Im­ages of the FJA air­craft showed sub­stan­tial dam­age to its tail cone.

The tail cone usu­ally serves as an ex­haust pipe.

In reaf­firm­ing com­mit­ment to crew and cus­tomer safety, CAL sub­se­quently stated via a press re­lease that all per­sons had safely dis­em­barked.

The air­line also ad­vised that the ves­sel had been tem­po­rar­ily with­drawn from ser­vice while the in­ves­ti­ga­tion runs its course.

Di­rec­tor of the Guyana Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity, retired Col Eg­bert Field, told De­mer­ara Waves On­line News: “Nei­ther of the two planes would be al­lowed to leave Guyana un­til in­ves­ti­ga­tors have com­pleted their work, re­pairs are done and they are cer­ti­fied again as being air­wor­thy.”

He fur­ther said: “I have asked that the air­craft re­main in po­si­tion so that our team of in­spec­tors can con­duct their in­ves­ti­ga­tions which would en­tail tak­ing the mea­sure­ments etc to en­sure, check­ing to see whether the air­craft were prop­erly parked on the taxi-line po­si­tion; all these things will come out from the report.”

In con­firm­ing the in­ci­dent, Ja­maica Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Nari Wil­liams Singh told The Gleaner: “We are awaiting a more ful­some report from Fly Ja­maica shortly, them being a Ja­maican car­rier.

“We have not had any re­ports of in­juries at this point.”

WIL­LIAMS SINGH

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