Tuesday 16 October, 2018

UPDATE: International Transport Ministry on emergency landing at GAIA

UPDATE [2:51 pm]: The Ministry of Tourism and International Transport provided the following press release on the incident at GAIA.

 

Emergency at Grantley Adams International Airport , Wednesday 2ndAUGUST, 2017 involving  flight NASA 426

 

At 06:48 this morning  Air Traffic Control (ATC) reported that NASA 426 a four engine P3 aircraft departed Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) at 6.18 am on its way to the Ascension Islands and at 40 miles SE reported a full emergency due to fire in one of the engines which it had shut down. The pilot indicated that the plane would dump fuel to lose weight with Estimated Time  of Arrival (ETA) at GAIA  07:15 am.

 

It was decided  the aircraft will hold for 2 hours as it had 11hrs. 45mins of fuel on board and the new ETA was 09:00am.

 

There were 20 persons on board and the aircraft was undertaking operations on behalf of NASA.

 

The various emergency response services were called out .

 

At 8.31am NASA 426 landed safely.  

 

After the aircraft landed and was parked at position #22, a Runway Inspection was conducted between 08:38am - 08:45am and the runway was declared found fit for operation.   

The Emergency Stand-down was given at 08:42am by the Airport Fire Service.

 

The Airport Ambulance, Fire Service and Police were decommissioned.

 

An officer from DEM along with the GAIA Inc. Chief Operating Officer visited the aircraft and spoke to the crew and other personnel.

 

The Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) remained operational during  the incident and remains fully opened.

 

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A military plane was forced to make an emergency landing at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) this morning.

The Barbados Fire Service received a call around 6:47 am, about a plane with an engine which was reported to have caught fire after takeoff from GAIA.

Plane makes emergency landing at GAIA

Fire Service Officials confirmed that the "mid-sized aircraft experienced a fire on board, but it landed safely."

10 fire officers under the command of Divisional Officer Gaskin, were among the emergency personnel who were on scene. 

Officials could not provide details about the plane or its destination at this time.