Passengers aboard a Fly Montserrat jet have praised their pilot wife for landing the plane safely after developing a mechanical issue mid-flight en route to VC Bird International Airport on the Caribbean island of North of Antigua.
According to the Antigua Observer, the plane’s engine “exploded” while en route from Montserrat.
During the flight, passengers noticed an oil leak from one of the engines of the Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander aircraft and Captain Jamilla Jeffrey.
According to information from the Antigua and Barbuda Fire Department, at approximately 9:30 a.m. this morning an in-flight emergency was declared and Antigua Emergency Services responded in advance. Doctors at Sir Lester Bird Medical Center were also put on alert.
“Maybe five to ten minutes after takeoff, we could see the oil coming out of the right side of the engine. After the oil was out, you could see flames. Then all of a sudden you heard the aircraft idling,” said a woman on board. Radio ZJB in Montserrat.
In an interview with ZJB Radio, Captain Nigel Harris, General Manager of FlyMontserrat, praised Trinidad and Tobago native Jeffrey for responding effectively to the emergency in accordance with his training, Caribbean Loop reported.
No injuries were reported.
It is not the first time that planes belonging to Fly Montserrat have had accidents.
On April 16, 2011, the right brake of a Fly Montserrat aircraft malfunctioned after landing at Osborne Airport, and the pilot was forced to apply the left brake and veer into the grass to avoid the end of the track. There are no casualties.
On October 7, 2012, a Fly Montserrat flight from Antigua to Montserrat crashed shortly after VC Bird International took off. Three of the four passengers were killed, including the pilot. An investigation revealed the presence of water in the fuel line.