Engine debris closes runway

| 24/02/2011

(CNS): Updated with official confirmation – The runway at the Owen Roberts International Airport in George Town was closed for several hours on Thursday as a result of an aircraft losing an engine during the run up to take-off at around 2:15pm. Officials confirmed the details on Friday, stating that the Delta flight, which was bound for Atlanta on Thursday afternoon, rejected a take off when its right engine flamed out. It is understood that as the aircraft began its take off it was forced to make an emergency stop before lift-off. Debris from the lost engine littered the 1500 foot runway, resulting in its closure, Cayman Islands Airports Authority said. (Photo – Officials walk the Owen Roberts runway looking for debris after the Delta engine blow out – Dennie Warren Jr)

"A runway inspection was carried out by airport operations which found foreign object debris scattered over 1500 feet of the runway. A decision was made to close the runway until it was deemedsafe for operations. The runway was reopened at 6.08pm local time," officials from the airport stated.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    What happen to Delta Airline, can possibly happen to any other airline. 


  2. Anonymous says:

    Airplanes and cars are alike – just because you blow a tire doesn’t make you a bad driver or have a bad car.  things like this happen, and because of the safety procedures in place no one got hurt.

  3. Anonymous says:

    really and truly cayman airways as much trouble they get their selves in is who i would fly out of cayman and southwest who i fly with in america best airlines for my destinations never had any trouble with either the two yet…plus dont have to pay for baggage on either also

  4. Mr. W says:

    Delta Scare-Lines?

  5. Trudyann says:

    Sounds like Delta should be grounding all thier fleet and do complete inspections and repairs for safety.

    • Philip says:

      Ground 300 plus planes of all different makes and sizes because one has a problem?, what about grounding all planes worldwide that have the same engine as the Delta flight?, wow overreact much .

    • Anonymous says:

      Why, for goodness sake, do you have 10 people disagreeing with you. I’m not stepping foot on a Delta fight until this is seen to. I was flying out of here next week on the Atlanta flight and I just cancelled it and rebooked with American instead.

      • Anonymous says:

        but american ran off the runway in Jamaica!

      • Anonymous says:

        If you truly want to be safe, then perhaps you had better stay in your house and never move, yet alone fly. This stuff happens all the time all over the world. But considering how airplanes are built and how many people are transported each day, it is about as safe as you can get. Incidentally the Delta jet could have taken off on one engine and have returned safely. Fortunately the plane had not reached the speed at which it would have been unsafe to abort. Incidentally the same thing happened to a KX flight in the Brac a few years ago. No one is iummune to engine problems, but I would still rather fly than drive my car.

    • Anonymous says:

      Should just ground every airplane in the world. This would prevent any bad thing from happening.

      • Anonymous says:

        Don't be so silly. How / why would you ground all airplanes because of an isolated incident?

    • Midnight Cowboy says:

      With such pitiful English, where did you get your degree in aviation engineering?


  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank God this happened before take off is all I can say.

  7. Anonymous says:

    A flight from Delta Air Lines made an emergency landing over Florida last Sunday when the aircraft experienced an engine failure. Authorities said the plane landed with no injuries to the passengers or crew on board.

    The Delta Flight 1846 was a Boeing 737-800. It had 119 passengers, with six crews on board. According to Anthony Black, the Delta spokesman, the plane was bound for Minneapolis. It had an engine failure soon after it took off from the city of Fort Lauderdale at around 7:30 in the morning, local time.

    Black said the captain received a warning indicating possible damage to one of its engines while they were taking off. The captain shut down the engine as a precautionary measure and decided to go back to the airport.

    In the Fort Lauderdale airport, the plane landed safely and without any incident. The passengers were brought back to the gate while the plane was examined by fire rescue and aircraft officials, said spokesman Allan Siegel from Florida Aviation Department.

    Siegel added that representatives from the Broward Country Sheriff’s Office then found several pieces of what seems to be parts of the ruined engine from a particular area around the airport.

    The passengers were subsequently transferred to another Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Black said the flight was en route to Minneapolis. However, the replacement craft was not part of the flights going in and out of St. Paul International Airport that were canceled because of immense winter weather in Minneapolis on Sunday.

    • Anonymous says:

      So????? What does that engine failure have to do with the one here??? Nothing!!! Not only 2 different aircraft but 2 different types also.

      • Old pilot says:

        Old aviation rule of thumb – these things always come in threes!

        It was just blind bad luck that two of them happened on Delta.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hmmm….is the moral of this story “don’t fly Delta?”

      • Anonymous says:

         Ignorant. Any number of things could have gone wrong, jet engines break.  

    • Night Flyer says:


      Two different types of Aircraft, two different locations hundreds ofmiles apart.Sorry, dont see the connection.