CAL plane returned over windshield crack

| 24/01/2012

483177292_MKvkd-L (248x300).jpg(CNS): Cayman Airways’ has confirmed that its Miami bound flight KX102 was returned to Owen Roberts International Airport on Tuesday morning after the captain discovered what the airline described as “a discrepancy with one of the aircrafts’ windshields.” The national flag carrier stated that the return was both safe and uneventful but flights to Miami and Havana were delayed as a result. The airline said that the return was not an emergency but the plane was removed from service for maintenance and passengers were transported to another aircraft for their flight to Miami.

“About 20 minutes into the flight, the discrepancy developed on a non-structural outer pane,” the airline stated. “This situation did not constitute an emergency and the aircraft could have safely continued its journey without incident. However, in an abundance of caution, Captain Gary Hydes, assisted by First Officer Perry Watler, chose to return to Grand Cayman. On return to Grand Cayman the aircraft was removed from service for maintenance and the passengers were transferred to another aircraft which departed Grand Cayman for Miami at 10am.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Okay lets not get carried away.

    The 'good' piece…. this was not a major issue or emergency so no downers on CAL please.  Somepeole may recall some years ago a British Airways Plane in the UK lost a whole section of the windscreen and nearly a pilot through it and nobody started wrigning their hands about BA maintenance issues

    The 'hang on a bit piece…. this was not a major issue or emergency so handling it without issue is a baseline expectation of all pilots. The guys did what they had to and would be expected to whatever airline they flew for / natinality they were. The flying / incident management on the occasion of that BA windscreen loss – now that was a 'wow' deal.

    Bottom line – No reason to think any better od worse of CAL and its staff for all this.

    • Anonymous says:

      I'm not sure that the passengers on board would agree that this was "not a major issue". CA did not note in its statement that the cabin de-pressurized. Passengers thought they were going down. My research shows this is not the first windshield crack on a CA 737. I agree though – kudos to the pilots.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is happening far to often, don't you think? no Jack take a look, this is common for a windshield to crack. Click on the link

  3. WREX says:

    I'm really happy these guys put safety before profit.  While some may think this happens too often, I like the fact that the don't take any chances when it comes to our lives.

  4. Jack says:

    This is happening far to often, don't you think?

    • Anonymous says:

      Like how often ? If you don't know a) how often and b) how often is normal then what is your point?

  5. BIG UP BIG UP says:

    Got to Big up my Cayman Pilots too, because if ye want to see sweet landing, just watch them.  They land like feather touch the ground.

    I think it was a great decision made, the safety of Passengers must comed first, and remembering our feet is never on the ground when in an airplane so I say good decision.  SUPPORT CAYMAN AIRLINES, AND FLY CAL.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Glad they took the safe idea! Good job guys!

  7. Knot S Smart says:

    Caymanians have the skills and ability to handle our safety in a crucial industry like this – yet we are not getting the top jobs in the medical, legal, banking, real estate, and financial industries.


    • Anonymous says:

      Please tell me what the heck your opinion has to do with the article presented??? Are you just yet again another Expat-Hater???!!! Get over it…the island would sink if all the Expats left and took their $$$ with them, and you might never get the coveted job you demand/dream/think you are qualified for, you silly goose!!!

      • Knot S Smart says:

        I usually dont answer questions posed by a 'silly goose', but because of your insipid response to my post, I am replying.

        The relevance of my post is that the pilots did a good job, and if given the opportunity in other industries, Caymanians would do well.

        No I am not an ex-pat hater as you suggested. Infact I am an ex-pat myself – but one who feels at home in Cayman, because I never came here to take from the socety. That gives me a different perspective than someone inyour class.

        The issue of all ex-pats leaving and taking their money has no relevance, since that will not happen, and if it did, the ex-pats who are here for jobs are not the ones with money.

        I do not have a 'coveted job' – infact I am an employer that creates jobs in the society.

        Please re-read my post and stop acting like you have a burr stuck up your a$$…


  8. I Care says:

    Must respect their decision here, Very good Pilots Cayman Airways have . I always feel sade when flying these planes I must say and I am a Visitor always fly CAL from Florida and if they flew around the world I would take them. The service is good, not great but good better than AA, USA, or any other larger Airline company I have flown.


    Keep up the good works CAL

  9. Anonymous says:

    Caymanian pilots are the best in the world.  If that had been any other airline the worst would have happened.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Great flying Capt.! Clearly the right choice.

    • THE BEST says:

      Gary and Perry, Millers, and Leroy, we got the best, support them all guys they put safety first.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Good job Gary and Perry! Safety first!