LIAT plane diverted after smoke observed in cabin; no fault found

liatThe Management of regional airline, LIAT, has said that no fault was found on one its aircraft after what appeared to be smoke was observed in its cabin last Sunday.

The plane, flight LI 512, was en route from Barbados to Antigua and was about 60 miles from the V.C. Bird International Airport, when passengers and the cabin attendant alerted the captain of the occurrence.

The pilot immediately diverted to the nearest airport, Guadeloupe, which was approximately 10 miles away. The aircraft landed without incident.

Another aircraft was brought in to move the passengers to their destination that same evening.

“The aircraft was examined by the company’s maintenance staff and underwent various checks as stipulated by the manufacturer’s maintenance manual. However, no fault was found,” the company said in a release. “Following lengthy investigation and analysis, LIAT’s Maintenance and Engineering Department has come to the conclusion that the short period of smoke entering the cabin was caused by a transient fault in the air conditioning system.”

The aircraft has since been returned to service, according to the company.

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  2. foreignah
    June 7, 2013

    I have just spent £650 on a ticket to Dominca. That is around 2 thousand 500 dollars. Yes, its expensive but in order to visit my mother and relatives in Dominica I must pay that money. also from England to Dominica you must get 2 planes, British Airways or Virgin and a Liat when you get to Antigua.
    Despite what anyone wants to think about England there is no money here and no jobs. I read somebody saying that tourist dont care about the island and with that I think that people like to make assumptions and speculate about things they know nothing about. You talk for the sake of talking but nothing of value comes out of your mouth. The harder you work the more taxes they take and if you listen to the news I dont think there is many countries out there that has money or work like before. If you want to grudge then grudge but like many other people in the world we have to work hard for money and have to pay the same bills you pay but the difference is I have to get up in the cold and the snow to go to work. So when I go to dominica on holiday I take great offence to all those out there who wants to look down your nose at me like I done you something let me tell you…jealousy is a bad thing.

  3. Frequent LIAT Flyer
    June 6, 2013

    I have been flying with LIAT for thirty-five years and I must say these guys are excellent pilots. I feel very relaxed on the aircraft, no matter which airport they are landing. Safety with LIAT, no problems, I have issues with the ground staff and their services, and I don’t think it can get any worse than it is now. To say the lease it is extremely poor, but we have no choice. But the pilots, they are extremely competent.
    If the ground staff could put in some competency with that of the pilots, we would be better off in the region with our air transport.
    Thank God everything was ok with the pax and crew.

  4. Just Saying
    June 6, 2013

    LIAT – “Leave Island Any Time” – as we West Indians refer to it! Well it seem to me that they lived up to their name last night. A flight from Barbados that was supposed to come into DA at 6.15pm finally landed at 10.35pm!

    There was little or no explanation from LIAT personnel except to say “which flight”, “we always leave on time, it may not be yr time”, not apologies for a flight that was delayed by so many hours bc thye plane was sent to st. Vincent prior to coming to Dominica. So we got dinner, “Hip hip hooray”!

    It that what we get for our investment more and longer delays bc LIAT knows that we know have night landing and though they have never officially said they are going to utilize it, they come in later and later and make use of the facilities under the radar.

    Mr PM please do something abut that bc it has gotten worst and nationals and our small tourists, business persons coming to DA, should not hv to go through this!

  5. Dominica_Lover
    June 5, 2013

    It is better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than to be in the air wishing you were on the ground.

  6. ti nom
    June 5, 2013

    liat can go fly where de sun doesnt shine

  7. Jazzy
    June 5, 2013

    Off topic but I have to bring this up. Why is it so damn expensive to travel to Dominica?? The kinda numbers I seeing just out of this world. I refuse to spend more than $900 from JFK to Dominica. Seaborne airlines even more expensive. $299 ONE WAY!! For Christ sake that is almost my roundtrip ticket to SJU. Its too much money. Everytime I look at it I seeing I can do and go so many other places for vacation and not pay that kind of money for a flight. Dammit I can go to Paris and back on the money I would spend to come home. It is just too expensive and I don’t know what can be done to correct it but something needs to be done quickly.

    • Anonymous
      June 5, 2013

      fly to sxm with jetblue then use seabourne or liat into dominica. dominica is expensive but better than the french islands. now those tickets are expensive

  8. angel
    June 5, 2013

    LIAT ALWAYS SAFE GOOD JOB

  9. Frabo
    June 5, 2013

    I never tasted a plane yet. All my travels is by boat.

  10. Frabo
    June 5, 2013

    Skero,,,,, bring on your Air China. choi ke neki kimo tang. (no seatbelt needed)

  11. Frabo
    June 5, 2013

    “A short period of smoke?” So! all smoke is smoke wi! the “short period of smoke” could have been the last period of smoke too though…Just junk that plane now. Where there is smoke?……..

  12. Abitrator
    June 4, 2013

    Job well done Fellas

  13. Joe
    June 4, 2013

    For my $579 from PR to DA they better not be using that plane. Only Domlec supposed to bleed our people like that.

    • stupes
      June 5, 2013

      way papa joe,you lose it wii. where are you from? you will make people think dominicans are stupid eh!

    • Cocooopuff
      June 5, 2013

      U sound like u need to take de boat.. Ti sal.

    • Way papa
      June 5, 2013

      $579? Papamet…garcon I paid $318 on Seaborne from PR to DA. Don’t care how I get there, as long as I get there!

  14. A Voice
    June 4, 2013

    Well better safe than sorry… good move to land the plane immidiately.

    Thank the LORD that everyone is ok.

  15. JAGOTS
    June 4, 2013

    Thank God. Time to get the new planes en route LIAT!

  16. HNIC
    June 4, 2013

    Well trained crew!!!! They may have punctuality issues but the competence of the crew can NEVER be questioned! NEVER!!

    • teacher
      June 5, 2013

      I support this statement 100%. These pilots are good man. I really admire LIAT pilots. Liat or nothing

    • Anonymous
      June 5, 2013

      indeed and its time we start appreciating liat. no one keeps us connected better

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