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Category: <span>Jamaica</span>

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American Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Jamaica

American Airlines flight AA-1127 made an emergency landing in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 25th.

The Airbus A319-100 plane heading from Miami, Florida, to Medellin, Colombia, was diverted after smoke was noticed in the cabin.

The plane landed uneventfully. All passengers and crew members remained unharmed.

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Small Plane Crashes in Jamaica; 2 Killed, 1 Critically Injured

A small plane crashed in Greenwich Town, Kingston, Jamaica, on November 10th.

The plane, belonging to Caribbean Aviation Training Centre, went down when it was carrying two students and an instructor.

The instructor and one of the students were killed in the crash while the other student was critically injured.

The incident is being investigated.

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Jamaica Vows to Adopt International Standards for Aviation Safety and Security

The Jamaican Government plans to spend US$ 22 Million to upgrade its aviation safety and security infrastructure to bring it up to par with the international standards.

In an interview, Director General Jamaican Civil Aviation Authority Leroy Lindsay said that Jamaica is fully complying with the best practices and standards set by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

He further said that Jamaica has improved by 10 percent from its ranking which was 30 percent in 2007, in terms of compliance requirements. Jamaican authorities are taking serious steps to comply with the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation. He hoped that Jamaica will top in the Caribbean countries in maintaining high standards of performance in aviation.

He disclosed that Jamaica will replace all outdated technology in two to three years in the air navigation services and they are planning to have Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment to monitor satellite surveillance of aircraft by 2017.

He hoped to have Controller Pilot Data Link Communications in place by 2017. This technology is used for automatic communication between the aircraft and the air traffic control systems.

Lindsay further mentioned that they have already called bids for replacement of outdated radar at 26 sites.

Jamaican authorities are adopting environment-friendly measures for airspace in line with the Priority Based Navigation in the ICAO Global Navigation Plan, including Continuous Descent Approach (CDA), and Continuous Climb Operations (CCO).

In George’s Point of View

This announcement of Jamaica’s update is, in my opinion, a timely gesture, especially considered in terms of the recent events concerning Malaysia Airlines flight 370, the instant recognition code for which across the internet has been #MH370. The tragic and mysterious disappearance of Flight 370 is one many people believe would not have happened if there had been streaming data technology in place that would have relayed the plane’s details even when the transponder was shut off. Jamaica’s move toward “Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast” equipment in 2017 is one that that should be in development universally and internationally. We believe that one day the ICAO will have revised standards of online data streaming, perhaps even by 2017; and that this upgrade of Jamaica, while in compliance with current not future standards, is a step in the right direction.

Flight Cancelled, Under Investigation

What: Caribbean Airlines flight BW 62 en route from the Bahamas
Where: Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St. James.
When: Dec 1, 2011
Who: 79 passengers
Why: The flight took off normally but had to divert back to the airport after developing problems. Some passengers were provided hotel accommodations. The connecting sector of flight BW 62 to Kingston was cancelled.

The official statement was posted here.

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Jet Blue Emergency Landing in Kingston Jamaica

What: JetBlue A320 Airbus en route from Orlando to Bogota Colombia
Where: Norman Manley International Airport Kingston
When: Feb 3 2011 8:10 p.m
Who: 149 passengers
Why: While en route, the plane’s systems indicated smoke in the cabin. The pilot diverted to Kingston where they made a safe landing. The flight was inspected on landing, and no smoke was found.

Arrangements were being made to fly the passengers to Colombia.

However, the Airbus problem was an “erroneous reading.” The plane left Jamaica shortly after midnight.

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Jamaica: American Airlines Emergency Landing

What: American Airlines Boeing 757 en route from Quito, Ecuador to Miami, Florida
Where: Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport in St James
When: 2:14 pm
Who: 155 passengers, 8 crew
Why: While en route over the Cayman Islands, the plane developed a temperature indication warning on the right hand engine. The flight made an emergency landing. Passengers disembarked normally without injury. The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority is investigating.

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