[SkyBahamas] Scary flight for five passengers

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[SkyBahamas] Scary flight for five passengers

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[SkyBahamas] Scary flight for five passengers
Barbara Walkin, FN Night Editor
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Captain Randy Butler, president of Sky Bahamas, assured that no passengers were lost or injured during an incident with one of the airline’s planes, which was headed to Freeport yesterday.

The 11:30 a.m. flight from the capital to Grand Bahama reportedly experienced engine trouble and was quickly returned to the Sir Lynden Pindling International Airport.

Speaking with Butler on Tuesday, February 2 after a video of the troubled flight went viral, where passengers were seen and heard praying and the engine propellers in slow rotation, this daily was told that the five passengers were safe and unharmed.

"One of our planes took off from Nassau en route to Freeport and before approaching the Berry Islands there was a loud noise, the pilots took precaution with what they were trained to do," Butler explained.

He added that the pilots secured the engines and returned the passengers, safely, to Nassau with no incidents and no injury.

"It was one of those experiences that was not really a pleasant one, but everybody was trained and as a result the passengers were safe," Butler reiterated.

The Saab-340, Butler noted is capable of flying with a single engine "… it’s made to do that."

Questioned as to the state of the passengers, Butler said that every protocol will be followed.

“We have someone that will follow-up with the passengers. There is a whole protocol that we will follow … first we make sure they are safe and secured and follow-up with them.”

Noting that this was an unfortunate incident, Butler said that at Sky Bahamas, "we put safety first. Every day we work and we fly thousands of flights, safely. We will continue to do that, that is our focus.

"I fly in the airplane, my family, other families fly the plane, and the pilots and we take what we do real serious. Safety is always first and good customer service is next, but doing it in a safe way is top priority," said Butler.

The five passengers were placed on another Sky Bahamas flight to travel to Grand Bahama.

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