Kite Thread Grounds LIAT ATR in Grenada
Tuesday 7th May, 2019-The aircraft that was grounded in Grenada over the weekend because of thread that was caught in the propeller is part of the LIAT fleet of ATRs.
Flight LI 523 was operating the Grenada/Port-of-Spain route when the incident occurred.
According to a source, it happened on takeoff from Maurice Bishop International Airport. The flight crew immediately returned to the airport after a pan/pan was issued. A PAN/PAN is the international standard urgency signal that someone aboard a boat, ship, aircraft, or other vehicle uses to declare that they have a situation that is urgent, but for the time being, does not pose an immediate danger to anyone’s life or to the vessel/aircraft itself.
Wendy Francette Williams is General Manager of the Grenada Airport’s Authority.
There are no reports of passengers aboard that LIAT service experiencing major flight delays.
The flying of kites has been posing major issues in some countries and in Antigua’s case the utilities company.
Last week an investigation by APUA concluded that the cause of the power outage on April 28th, 2019 was caused by debris that was found on the 69 KV line and it is suspected to be the remnants of a kite.
The APUA Electricity Business Unit has cautioned persons to avoid flying kites, drones or any other electronic or non-electronic flying objects near their power lines.