The 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.