Jamaica Aviation Authority to Investigate Runway Defect

1 February 2011 (Last Updated February 1st, 2011 18:30)

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority has begun a preliminary investigation into an incident at the Ian Fleming International Airport, in which an aircraft's wheel fell into a hole on the runway upon take-off last month. A report will be prepared and submitted to the Transport and Works

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority has begun a preliminary investigation into an incident at the Ian Fleming International Airport, in which an aircraft's wheel fell into a hole on the runway upon take-off last month.

A report will be prepared and submitted to the Transport and Works Ministry.

The private jet, bound for Maryland, US, was unable to lift off the ground and was out of action for almost two hours.

The Airports Authority says a technical team had to undertake urgent repair work to the runway of the airport to fix the defect to the surface, according to go-jamaica.com

Vice-president of marketing and commercial at the Airports Authority, Mark Williams, said necessary assistance was rendered to the aircraft and the pilot when the incident occurred.