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Air Canada flight makes emergency landing after fire scare

The runway at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) was shut down for a short period this afternoon when an Air Canada flight was forced to return shortly after take-off.

Barbados TODAY understands from reliable sources that Flight 967 en route to Toronto turned back after leaving the island around 4:30 p.m. when the pilot noticed a fire indicator light on.

The aircraft landed safely and the over 200 passengers were quickly escorted back to the departure terminal.

The source said that all necessary response teams including the Barbados Fire Service,  Police, ambulance officials and security personnel responded to the emergency.

There was no official response from Air Canada’s local office. However, it is understood that the flight was cancelled and arrangements have been made to accommodate passengers.

When GAIA’s Corporate Communications Specialist Keith Goddard was contacted he referred members of the media to the Director of Civil Aviation Kingsley Nelson whose department investigates such matters. Efforts to reach him were unsuccessful.

5 Responses to Air Canada flight makes emergency landing after fire scare

  1. Glenn Damon Clarke
    Glenn Damon Clarke February 5, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I hope at least they didn’t put the stranded passengers up at that hotel near the airport…shhhh

  2. Martine Boyer
    Martine Boyer February 5, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    I would not count on them to do anything, just bring the plane back and I’ll make my own arrangements, lol! They would probably tell them to call a 1 800 number of a call centre in Mexico… We missed a plane once and they offered no help whatsoever, especially their representative at the Grantley Adams airport…

  3. David G February 6, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Glad it did not turn out tragic.

  4. Diane February 6, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I’m a passenger on this flight on a regular basis. Best flight crews ever and has been since I started visiting the island in 1991. Air Canada has treated me extremely well over the years….no complaints now that Air Rouge is done on this route.

  5. Francis John February 6, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    All airlines have to follow safety procedures. I guess the pilots were doing what they were trained to do.
    Just to let Martin know that an airline is not a ZR. It has a schedule to maintain. If you arrive late for any airline you are on your own as far as rebooking is concerned. Bottom line is get to the airport 2 hrs before your schedule departure.


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