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Flamingo Air in landing scare

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Oct 05, 2013

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A Flamingo Air plane made an emergency landing after it experienced an issue while landing at the Mayaguana airport around 8:45 a.m., the Ministry of Transport and Aviation said in a statement.

There were no passengers on the Cessna 402 aircraft at the time of the incident, the ministry said.

The two pilots onboard did not sustain injuries, it added.

The ministry said the Flight Standards Inspectorate is investigating the incident.

“As more information is gathered, a determination will be made as to the scope and extent of the investigation, and the public will be informed accordingly,” the ministry said.

“The construction of the runway is a project currently undertaken by the I-Group under the supervision and oversight of the Ministry of Works and the Department of Civil Aviation.”

This scare at the Mayaguana Airport came six months after the mother, sister and brother-in-law of former Cabinet Minister Sidney Collie were killed when a LeAir plane crashed into their truck on the runway at that airport.

Police said they were inside one of two trucks that were using their high beams to guide the nine-seater plane onto the runway, a long-standing practice at the airport at night.

The two trucks were stationed on either side of the runway to light the plane’s path as the airport had no lighting.

The lights were not functioning because of the I-Group’s ongoing work, MICAL MP V. Alfred Gray said.

Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin has since confirmed emergency solar lights are in place and operating on the runway, and the practice of using vehicles has been abandoned.

The government purchased those emergency lights after a tendering process, and has said it will purchase permanent lights.

“Final paving works [at the airport] are due to commence,” the statement said yesterday.


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