CAL flight aborted after bird ingested in engine

| 18/09/2009

(CNS): A Cayman Airways flight heading for Jamaica ingested a bird in one of its engines during takeoff this morning and returned to the gate, the airline has said. The incident happened at approximately 7:00am while the aircraft for CAL flight KX604 to Kingston, Jamaica from Grand Cayman was still on the runway. As a safety measure, the captain discontinued the takeoff without further incident and returned to the gate, where the passengers were transferred to a different aircraft, which departed at 7:50am.

The affected aircraft has been removed from service to facilitate repairs, and no significant disruptions to the CAL flight schedule from this event are anticipated. A release from the airline said that Cayman Airways was committed to safety as the primary focus of its daily operations, and the airline extended apologies for any inconvenience caused to passengers from this event.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Let me extend praise and thanks to the wonderful Caymanian pilots, such as the one who Captained this flight, and who made the right decision at the right time.

    • Anonymous says:

      I see some are making jokes and having fun with this (thats OK) but I was there and it was not funny at all. Thank God it all happen too fast for us to get too scared. It samed like it all happen in a few sec. and the plane was stopped. Good job Captain G…… May you all have blue skies and smoothe landing  

      • Anonymous says:

        There is much to be grateful and thank God for in this situation. The captain made the right choice and thankfully everyone is safe.

  2. Joe Average says:

    Well?  Was the bird injested by a 737 or an Airbus?  How do we know it was bird?  What kind of bird was it?  Was it a big bird?  Or a small bird?  Male or female?  This kind of reporting must stop.

    • Bob says:

      Couldn’t have been an airbus as CAL only has boeing 737.

      And by the way, an airbus 330 is twice the size of a 737!! Not the same kind of animal.

    • Anonymous says:

      CNS is please to provide the following update as requested. 

      Was the bird ingested by a 737 or an Airbus? : It was a 737, a very hungry 737.

      How do we know it was bird? : Witnesses saw a poof of feathers out the back, plus it rained well-done bird-bits shortly thereafter.

      What kind of bird was it? : Medium rare, no sauce.

      Was it a big bird? :  No, Big Bird is alive and well and living on Sesame Street.  This was a different bird.

      Or a small bird? :  It became that way…

      Male or female?  :  It was neutered… quite forcefully.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Does it really matter if the picture is of an air bus 330 or 737? all we need to know and be thankful for is that no one was injured and the pilot made a smart suggestion by discontinuing the journey. God forbids if the flight had continued, what would have been the outcome.

    Cayman Islands is a blessed country and it’s a pity that stupidity has taken over some.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank God it was a Boeing 737. Those dam Airbus airplanes are falling out of the sky everyday.

      I really hope CAL dont get none of them because they would no longer have me as a very supportive customer.

      • Bob says:

        You are entitled to your opinion, but facts are more reliable, and they clearly indicate that airbus aircraft are just as safe as boeing. In fact, satistically there isn’t any difference between the two.

        What matters isn’t the manufacturer, but the operator: maintenance, training, company culture, etc are the factors affecting safety. And I’d rather be in a new airbus aircraft equiped with the newest technology and safety systems than an old boeing with only the basic instruments.

        Well done to the pilots. They deserve every penny they get on tough days like this one.

        • Anonymous says:

          The Airbus Aircraft has a UK component. Thats my problem with it. If they were so equal to the Boeing Aircraft why British Airways and many large American Airlines dont use them.

          I have flown in many Airbus Aircraft from 17 hour plus transpacific flights to short one hour routes and I have had several experiences with these Aircraft having to land using emergency procedures. Its just scary to know you are landing in a wide bodied aircraft that has developed hydraulic problems.

          • Bob says:

            I’s sorry to hear you’ve had bad flight experiences on airbus aircraft. However, it would be easy to find somebody else who have had just the same but on boeing aircrafts instead.

            The point is that your flight experience is very limited satistically. But on the other hand, thousands of recorded flights throughout the world can provide reliable statistics, and they indicate that both manucfaturers have similar safety records.

            And by the way, British Airways DOES have airbus aircrafts in its fleet (A319, A320, A321), as does many of the major American companies (United Airlines, US Airways, Delta, to name a few).

            • Anonymous says:

              You are the perfect Airbus salesman.

              You still dont convince me that they areas reliable as Boeing Aircraft. And I have a lot more hours flying than many Pilots.

              Rolls Royce engines are no better than engines made by other manufacturers. Rolls Royce is just a name. Nothing so grand about that.

              • Bob says:

                You may have many flying hours (which I too have by the way), but you’ve obviously never flown an airbus. And I wasn’t saying that RR engines are better, but only pointing out the flaws in your arguments.

                You also seem to have misconceptions about airbus (like the fact that BA or some majors in the US don’t have any) but you’re not willing to reconsider your point of view. I’d rather be in my latest technology equiped airbus than an old boeing from the 80s.

                Anyway, you are entitled to your opinions. I prefer "big picture" assessments before making an opinion; an such an assessment would show to anyone that both types are equaly safe.

                Enjoy your boeing.

          • Bob says:

            One more thing. You mentionned that Airbus aircrafts have a UK component. Well, not that it matters, but you’re probably not aware that a large number of boeing aircrafts have Rolls-Royce engines, which is a UK brand! Boeing aircrafts do have a number of parts not build in the US.

  4. Derreck says:

    I’m going to go ahead and point out that the picure you’ve used is a computer generated image of an Airbus A330 (~290 passengers) with Cayman Airways colours applied.

    Would be lovely to have it. But we’re still with Boeing 737-300’s.

    You’ve used it before as well, maybe you should get a more accurate image to use in future reporting.

    CNS: You’re right. I’ve changed the picture.

  5. Anonymous says:

    that’s no cayman airways plane in the picture…. looks like an airbus 330 not 737

  6. Habitual Poster says:

    Now you done know this wasn’t no Cayman parrot. Damned expats causing trouble again.

    • Anonymous says:

      "damned expats" allow you to have the life you are living.  Get over us and try, if you can, to get a job and stop blaming expats for your lousy existance.  I’m so sick of ignorance like yours!  REMEMBER, WE DON’T TAKE YOUR JOBS – YOU HAND THEM TO US!

      • Pale Rider says:

        YOU need to lighten up a is OBVIOUS the poster was saying "damed expats" in a tongue in cheek manner….sheesh….gow a thicker skin!!

      • Anonymous says:

        The display of ignorance on here by some of you expats and Caymanians alike is nothing short of mindboggling. How do you plan to get beyond the growing hatred that divides if you keep posting such stupid remarks. Unfortunately free speech sometimes embraces hatred, ignorance and racism. And, it all comes from both sides. By the way, I am Caymanian.

      • Anonymous says:

        As an expat who is rather fond of the Caymanians you are hacking on, please allow me to take this opportunity to say "shut the fxck up you jackass".  

        Ungrateful pinhead.  

        For the first time ever, I think I’ll add: "Pack it up and get the hell out of here"; you will clearly be happier for it.  

      • Chanze Bush says:

        As a Caymanian I agree completely, Your right! You dont come and take  our Jobs, thier are Caymanians on this island that wants everything "spoon fed to them"  just ’cause they are "Caymanians", So YES I agree one hundred percent you "don’t come to take our jobs" we freely hand them to you, by going and getting employeed by a company and then turning around and breaking the trust of that employer by, stealing, lying or cheating them out of thier MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good Job, thanks for speaking your mind and I’m proud that an expats (hoping you are) said something……………..Ps. However I dont agree with what you said about "Our lousy existance cause we are human and not all of us are a like.  

      • Alanis says:

        Irony and sarcasm.  Rhetorical devices.  Very Effective.  Except for Americans.  And this poster. 

        You see, it was a comment on the fact that every other thread on CNS degenerates into a "damned expats" or "useless Caymanian" rant. 

        Do you get it now?  Read it again.  And think to yourself, what passport would this bird be likely to have?  How would a bird get a work permit?  See where we are going? It was a bird.  Birds don’t usually carry paperwork.

        There, we have learned something today together.  Now your homework for today is to try to say one thing by expressing the opposite.  It might not work at first, or at all if you address it to one of our American guests, but eventually you will get there.

    • Anonymous says: