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.