PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago October 31, 2018 (CMC) – A Caribbean Airlines (CAL) aircraft, with 63 passengers and four crew members, was withdrawn from service, last Wednesday, after apparently developing trouble, while on a scheduled flight to the sister isle of Tobago.
CAL Communications Manager, Dionne Ligoure, confirmed that one of the airline’s ATR-72 aircraft had been evacuated, and the reasons for the incident were still being investigated.
“There was an emergency evacuation of flight 1526, this afternoon, at the Piarco International Airport, as the aircraft started and proceeded along the tarmac, the crew had cause to activate the emergency activation drill,” she said.
“The root cause is still being ascertained, but I can confirm, however, that all passengers and crew were safely evacuated and made their way to the domestic waiting area.”
The Communications Manager said the aircraft has since been withdrawn from service and an investigation has started.
“The aircraft has since been cleared. The emergency services were attended to and cleared the aircraft, which has been withdrawn from service, and the relevant inspections are currently taking place,” she added.
CAL also uses the ATR-aircraft to service some of its Caribbean destinations.