Mechanical fault diverts AA Panama flight to Cayman

| 14/05/2013

6a00d83451f7f169e2017ee3ed3f01970d-800wi.jpg(CNS): Emergency services were all on full standby at Owen Roberts International Airport (ORIA) Tuesday lunchtime when an American Airlines flight en-route to Panama from Miami requested permission to land in Grand Cayman after detecting a mechanical fault. Officials from the Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA) confirmed that at 12:50 pm (14 May) the aircraft with 147 passengers on board landed safely after it diverted to Owen Roberts. All airport emergency services had been put on standby at 12:15pm in preparation for a possible emergency landing. However, he Boeing 737-800 landed without incident.

Passengers disembarked safely from the aircraft and officials said that they were accommodated in the Departure Hall as they awaited the continuation of their journey.

It is understood that the plane was suffering a fault in the fuel bypass system and at the point of the discovery Cayman was the nearest destination. Fire crews from across the islands were deployed tothe airport as a precautionary measure and the roads around the airport were also closed for a short time.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Thankfully it went well
    At least we still have a Panama flight coming in

    • Anonymous says:

      Very amusing 06.29! Good call by the pilot, and lets be positive for a change amongst all the negativity going on now, good call on Cayman for the emergency response.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank God this wasn't Cayman Airways otherwise you would hear the never ending negative comments…

    I am guessing it was Cayman Airways Maintenance Department that did the repairs to the aircraft.


    • Anonymous says:

      No, it was AA mechanics flown in onboard the replacement plane that was brought it. 

      • Anonymous says:

        Did they have work permits? I am guessing not? Shame Cayman Airways didn't get the business particulalry when they have an excellent maintenance base here.

        • Anonymous says:

          Technically, if they stayed airside, would they need work permits? (Ie did not clear immigration)

          • Anonymous says:

            yes they still are on Cayman soil…but hey, immigration only enforces the rules sometimes..


            If Cayman Airways breaks down somewhere where they don't have a maintenance base they must hire a maintenance company licensed and authorized to do work at that airport..

            Does anyone think that a Caymanian mechanic could fly into the states anywhere get of the plane without clearing immigration or customs and go to work on a Cayman Airways aircraft? Don't think so?

            Why is it acceptable that anyone can come to our shores  without  a work permit and do the work that we have trained, licensed, authorized and capable people to do?


            • Anonymous says:

              What makes you think there are mechanics on Cayman certified for that plane?

          • Anonymous says:

            Sure next time I go to Miami, I'm going to walk off the plane and stay airside and see if I can get a job..It doesn't happen…My a$$ would be locked up in no time..

            Only in Cayman…

            • Anonymous says:

              Only in Cayman would someone be this upset about an American Airlines employee attending to do emergency maintenance on an American Airlines aircraft.

        • Anonymous says:

          And than in one post, summarises the medical condition known as myopia caymanensis.