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Jet mishap causes shutdown of LPIA runway

The runway at Lynden Pindling International Airport was closed for 90 minutes on Saturday when a private jet ran off the runway.

According to police, two people were onboard the plane, and one of them was a Bahamian, but nobody was injured in the accident.

The Bahamas Air Accident Investigation Department said it is investigating the incident.

“On August 10, 2019 at approximately 4:30 p.m. local a Canadair Challenger (CL60) aircraft owned by Aircraft Guaranty Corp, while on a private, general aviation flight, veered off runway 14 at Lynden Pindling International Airport shortly after touchdown on the runway,” it said in a statement.

“The flight departed Pompano Beach Florida with two pilots on board. No injuries were reported.

“Weather in the area at the time of the occurrence was thunderstorm clouds and rain. The airport was temporarily closed while investigations were conducted and was reopened a short time thereafter.”

Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday that while the runway closure undoubtedly caused some delays at the airport, he believes the incident was handled impressively.

“I think that NAD (Nassau Airport Development Company) has prepared for such an event,” he said.

“We all knew that situations could arise which could impact the use of the runway.

“…There are any number of situations that could restrict the use of that runway, but what’s important is you have in place a contingency plan to deal with these eventualities, because they are going to happen.”

D’Aguilar added, “In the scheme of things, based on what happened, the fact that that airport was closed for just 90 minutes is quite remarkable. So, I was very pleased at how well NAD reacted to the problem.

“We were lucky in the sense that the plane, when it veered off the runway, went far enough to give us a comfort level to resume operations on the main runway.”

He added, “So, you know, everybody was on top of their game yesterday, and I think that 90 minutes, you know airports close for 90 minutes because of a rainstorm, so yes there were delays and I’m sure that a number of people missed their connections, but in the scheme of things, given what happened, I think that we emerged relatively unscathed and that NAD really rose to the occasion.”

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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