The Amerijet plane off the runway at Melville Hall. Photo credit: Chad Ambo

There was no injury or damage as a result of an Amerijet aircraft running off the runway at the Melville Hall airport on Tuesday.

This, according to to CEO of the Dominica Air & Sea Port Authority (DASPA), Benoit Bardouille.

“At about 2:38 pm on December 4, 2012, we had an Amerijet aircraft which came in from Antigua and landed on 09. On reaching the Eastern end of the runway which is 27, the aircraft was unable to complete the 180 turn to taxi to the raft,” Bardouille said.

He explained to the media that the front wheel got off the pavement and got stuck in the grass on the north east end adjacent to the runway. “The aircraft attempted to reverse but the front wheel was stuck in the dirt for a while. We then proceeded to have the cargo off loaded and some material was place at the back of the front wheel of the aircraft and we were then able to successfully get the aircraft to reverse onto the pavement then to the ramp at about 4:20pm,” he stated.

Bardouille said this resulted in “the airport being closed for about two hours and one flight had to be diverted to Antigua.”

“The aircraft at present is safely parked; there is no reported damage on the aircraft or injuries to persons or cargo,” he remarked.

Amerijet is a shipping company based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.