[Trinidad] Fire at Piarco ATC Tower, Flights Diverted

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[Trinidad] Fire at Piarco ATC Tower, Flights Diverted

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[Trinidad] Fire at Piarco ATC Tower, Flights Diverted
30 December, 2018

There are unconfirmed reports that there has been a fire at the Civil Aviation Control tower, housed on the compound of the Ramesh Lutchmedial Civil Aviation Compound

Though reports are still sketchy and minimal information has been forthcoming from the Airport Authority or Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation, we have heard from passengers aboard flights destined for Piarco, being diverted to Puerto Rico.

Reports indicate that there was a fire in the control tower, and as such, the fire alarm and suppression system was activated. Following protocol, the building was evacuated and Air Traffic Control operations were moved to a mobile operation site.

We would provide more on this as additional information becomes available.

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[Trinidad] Evacuation, delays at Piarco after gas leak

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[Trinidad] Evacuation, delays at Piarco after gas leak
Sharlene Rampersad
Mon Dec 31 2018

Dis­charge of gas caused the evac­u­a­tion of staff in the Area Con­trol Cen­tre of Pi­ar­co In­ter­na­tion­al Air­port, dis­rupt­ing air traf­fic ser­vices and re­sult­ing in de­lays in flights yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from the T&T Civ­il Avi­a­tion Au­thor­i­ty, the prob­lem de­vel­oped around 12.30 pm when there was a dis­charge of FM200 gas.

It oc­curred dur­ing the rou­tine main­te­nance of a fire sup­pres­sion sys­tem by an ex­ter­nal con­trac­tor: “Con­tin­gency mea­sures were put in place to en­sure the con­tin­ued safe op­er­a­tion of air­craft in flight and for de­par­tures at air­ports with­in the Pi­ar­co Flight In­for­ma­tion Re­gion,” the Au­thor­i­ty said.

“Spe­cif­ic mea­sures were tak­en to con­tin­ue air traf­fic ser­vices on the air bridge, which en­sured re­duced de­lays to flights be­tween the is­lands of Trinidad and To­ba­go.”

The sit­u­a­tion was even­tu­al­ly brought un­der con­trol and full op­er­a­tions re­sumed at the air­port at 3 pm. How­ev­er, the evac­u­a­tion and de­lays con­fused some pas­sen­gers and peo­ple wait­ing to col­lect ar­riv­ing pas­sen­gers.

By­ron Sker­rit said he was wait­ing for a rel­a­tive to ar­rive on a flight from Grena­da. He got to the air­port at around 2 pm since the flight was sup­posed to land at 2.35pm.

As he gazed at the small screen an­nounc­ing ar­rival and de­par­ture times in the air­port’s ter­mi­nal, he said he was at a loss as to when the flight would ar­rive.

“You see, it’s say­ing the flight is de­layed but there is no new ar­rival time so I just have to wait for word from my rel­a­tive on when they are leav­ing Grena­da,” he said.

Sker­rit said no an­nounce­ments were made while he was wait­ing.

The flight from Grena­da even­tu­al­ly land­ed at 5.30pm.

Sabi­ta Per­sad, who was wait­ing for her son to ar­rive on a flight from Guyana breathed a sigh of re­lief when his plane touched down at 4.15 pm. She said she had been wait­ing for more than three hours.

“We were not giv­en any in­for­ma­tion on what was hap­pen­ing or why the flight was de­layed, so I have just been wait­ing here with­out a clue,” Per­sad said.

Guyanese at­tor­ney, Teni Housty, came in on the same flight as Per­sad’s son. He said at the Ched­di Ja­gan In­ter­na­tion­al Air­port in Guyana, an an­nounce­ment was made that there was an is­sue in T&T air­space and no flights were be­ing al­lowed to land. Housty said his flight was de­layed for an hour.

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No fire at Piarco airport, extinguisher caused evacuation

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Authorities: No fire at Piarco airport, extinguisher caused evacuation
Darlisa Ghouralal
30 December 2018

While there was an evacuation at the Piarco Area Control Centre around midday on Sunday, there was no fire.

In a statement on Sunday the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority confirmed the evacuation of staff, which it said was due to the discharge of a fire suppressing agent at its Piarco Area Control Centre.

The Authority said at approximately 12.30 pm, FM2OO Gas was discharged at the Centre which required the evacuation of staff. The discharge occurred during routine maintenance of the Fire Suppression System which was being carried out by an external contractor.

The Authority said contingency measures were put in place to ensure the continued safe operation of aircraft in flight and for departures at airports within the Piarco Flight Information Region. “Specific measures” were actioned to continue air traffic services on the air bridge, which the Authority said ensured reduced delays to flights between Trinidad and Tobago.

Full operations resumed at the Area Control Centre at 3 pm.

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