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Slight scare on LIAT as burning smell grounds plane
Concerns of an on-flight fire forces LIAT to re-route plane to St Maarten on route to St Thomas.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Monday, October 1, 2012 – Passengers and staff on LIAT flight LI 368 from Antigua to St Thomas had a slight alarm on September 25 when the distinct smell of an electrical fire was noticed on the plane.

According to the management of LIAT, the crew noticed a burning smell in the cockpit and the incident caused the pilot to divert the flight to the Princess Juliana International Airport in St Maarten.

Spokesperson for the Antigua-based regional carrier Desmond Browne said as a precautionary procedure, emergency services were on standby and the landing was uneventful with no injury to passengers or crew.

He added that all of the affected passengers have since been accommodated on other LIAT services.

Browne reported that an examination of the aircraft by the company’s maintenance staff found that a small electronic component had failed resulting in a burning smell.
 
He said that the affected component was replaced and the aircraft underwent various checks as stipulated by the manufacturer’s maintenance manual and has since been returned to service. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)

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