Fly Montserrat grounded until they meet ECCA requirements

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Fly Montserrat grounded until they meet ECCA requirements

Unread post by bimjim » Wed Oct 17, 2012

Fly Montserrat grounded until they meet ECCA requirements
16th October, 2012

BRADES, Montserrat

Fly Montserrat has received a letter from the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority restricting them from flying into any ECCAA country following this morning’s incident at the John A. Osborne Airport.

The Honourable Premier Reuben T. Meade confirmed that the airline is essentially grounded now that they cannot complete their regularly scheduled flights to Nevis and Antigua, which they serve daily.

The airline head Nigel Harris confirmed on Tuesday morning that “one of its aircraft rolled onto the grass on landing at John Osborne Airport in Montserrat this morning.

“The flight, 5M 2109, from Antigua with seven passengers, landed normally and decelerated along the runway. The pilot thought that he felt a minor vibration and as a precaution, he let the aircraft roll gently onto the grass, where the passengers disembarked,” the statement read.

Airport officials confirmed that the airport was reopened at 3pm after the plane was removed following the incident which occurred around 9:40 am.

There were no reported injuries and no damage to the aircraft according to airline officials.

His Excellency the Governor Adrian Davis confirmed late today that investigators from UK Air Accident Investigations Branch had arrived on island to look into the latest incident.

The ban will be in place until the airline meets certain requirements stipulated by the ECCAA.

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