No interruption in Bahamasair flight schedule

NATIONAL FLAG CARRIER – A Bahamasair aircraft received ‘insignificant damage’ during a severe weather system early Tuesday morning.

A weather system passed over the Northern Bahamas and some parts of the capital early Tuesday morning, with heavy rain and high winds.

While there was no significant damage reported locally, New Providence experienced damages, particularly in the area of the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA). 

As a result of the severe weather a Bahamasair aircraft, an ATR 72 to be exact, was impacted by the weather on Tuesday morning. 

This daily spoke to the Managing Director of Bahamasair, Tracey Cooper, who shared what transpired at LPIA. 

“We did have an incident with one of our aircrafts … it was not a flight problem. It seems to have been a twister, or weather disturbance that landed at the airport and subsequently it impacted the aircraft and caused damage.”

Insignificant damage was related to the mishap, according to the Managing Director. 

He added that the incident did not impact the national flag carrier’s flight schedule on Tuesday. 

Questioned if there were any injuries Cooper responded, “No, no one was on the aircraft.”

According to officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Bahamas Meteorological Department, Freeport Grand Bahama Branch, Kirk James, a cold front moving through the Northwest Bahamas on Tuesday will be followed by a stronger front today (Wednesday). 

“Increasing wind and seas behind these frontal passages will lead to hazardous marine conditions and much cooler temperatures.” 

Additionally, he noted that adverse or hazardous weather risk would include some waterspouts and strong thunderstorms along with wind gusts around gale force. 


Published Wednesday, March, 15, 2017

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