Sunday, January 17, 2016

Passengers forced to disembark Montego Bay/London flight

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, Jan. 16, CMC – Passengers on board a Virgin Atlantic Flight destined for London , were forced to disembark shortly after boarding at the Sangster International Airport late Friday.

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) reports that shortly after 9pm the flight scheduled to depart Montego Bay for London when pilots saw an indication of fire and executed the emergency procedure, which led to passengers and crew leaving the aircraft.

However, checks by maintenance crew found no physical indication of a fire, instead they discovered a faulty switch in the fire detection system resulted in the false alarm.

The passengers were allowed to return to the plane, however when some passengers became disruptive and security personnel were forced to intervene.

When disturbance was quelled, the pilot’s duty time was exhausted and the flight cancelled.

Arrangements for accommodation were made for the passengers.

The flight is scheduled to depart on Saturday.


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