(CNS) Updated 5:26pm: The police helicopter has transported both fire officers involved in today’s fire truck accident on the Brac airport runway to Grand Cayman for further medical assessment. Officials reported earlier that the truck they were driving flipped while they were conducting a mandatory speed test on the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport runway on Thursday, 5 January. The extent of the injuries to the officers, who are both with the Cayman Islands Fire Service Aerodrome Unit, is still unknown, and the Brac airport remains closed as no planes are able to land on the runway.
Officials said that an accident reconstructionist is currently conducting an assessment of the scene on the runway. When that is completed, officials will work to get the fire truck moved off the runway so operations for small aircraft can resume.
Cayman Airways Limited was notified of the current situation and is making arrangements to accommodate passengers who had plans to arrive on tomorrow’s jet in Cayman Brac, according to Government Information Service.
This morning GIS said that the Cayman Islands Airports Authority, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS), the Cayman Islands Fire Service, other aviation officials and Public Works Department personnel were all onsite assessing the situation, and that the Ministry of Home Affairs was communicating with District Administration Officials in Cayman Brac, with a view to restoring operations at the airport as quickly as possible.
The RCIPS chopper, which airlifted the officers off the island, was used to transport Acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer Witney Tatum and the accident reconstructionist to the scene.
“The Ministry of Home Affairs would like to thank all private and public sector stakeholders for their expressions of concern for the fire personnel involved and for their support and assistance, without which this most unfortunate accident would have been much more difficult to deal with,” GIS said.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
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