Brac airport re-opens after broken plane moved

| 30/08/2019 | 4 Comments
Cayman News Service
Captain Charles Kirkconnell International Airport, Cayman Brac

(CNS): Officials from the Cayman Islands Airports Authority confirmed that the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport (CKIA) on Cayman Brac re-opened on Friday morning at 7am, after a damaged plane was removed from the runway yesterday evening. At around 11:40am Thursday the private plane aborted a take-off after problems with its landing gear, which blocked the runway for the rest of the day.

There were no reported injuries and airport personnel were on the scene immediately to assess and resolve the situation, the authority said in a release. They explained that runway operations had to be suspended in order to safely remove the aircraft from the runway.

“The Cayman Islands Airports Authority would like to thank the Cayman Islands Fire Service at CKIA, Cayman Airways personnel, aircraft operator and CIAA staff for their joint efforts to remediate the situation and restore the operational readiness of CKIA,” officials added in a release.

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  1. Anon says:

    Why did it take so long to tow a private plane off the runway?

    • Anonymous says:

      Because there were problems with the landing gear.

    • Anonymous says:

      If part of the gear failed/collapsed on takeoff, part of the plane (fuselage or wing) might have been on the abrasive runway surface and there aren’t jack points like on a Buick, or necessarily the equipment at airport to sling and lift. Planes are expensive. Better this happened on takeoff than landing.

      • BeaumontZodecloun says:

        Thank you. I am tired of the talk of the town that blames Brackers for this event. This is an expensive aircraft, and it’s not like they could just run Mr. Tracy’s forklift down and pick it up. This was an event for which the system could not anticipate.


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