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Plane has scare with 170 on board

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Oct 07, 2013

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A WestJet aircraft that was en route to the Dominican Republic from Toronto, Canada, with 170 people on board made an emergency landing as a “precaution” at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) around 1 p.m. yesterday, officials said.

WestJet’s Public Relations Manager Robert Palmer said the flight “diverted to Nassau as a precaution due to an intermittent indicator light in the flight deck”.

It is not clear what problem the light was pointing to.

Acting Director of the Civil Aviation Department Ivan Cleare said air traffic control received information that the pilot had a warning light in the cockpit and he made the decision to land.

He could not say what that warning light was or when the pilot made the request to land.

“When things like this happen, that flight will get priority, and this is nothing unique,” Cleare said.

“The pilot is responsible for the aircraft so he had to do what was best – divert.

“He got to his closest destination and came into Nassau.”

Palmer said the aircraft has been taken offline for repairs.

“We are sending another aircraft with a maintenance technician and parts to effect those repairs and to take our guests to their original destination,” Palmer said.

“The first aircraft will be repaired and return to Toronto.”

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