Airline passenger, Franklin Edgar, has praised the pilot of a Caribbean Airlines plane which made an emergency landing on Sunday at Hewanorra International Airport.
“Everything came out okay, thank God and the pilot,” Edgar told the Times.
“What happened is that we were about to land at Vigie and we saw land, but then we ended up taking a detour,” he recalled.
He said he asked the flight attendant what was going on.
According to Edgar, the attendant spoke with the pilot and said afterwards that an engine was on fire.
He told the Times that from where he was sitting, when he looked outside the aircraft he realised that one of the propellers was spinning in ‘slow motion’.
Edgar said he was concerned about his daughter who was sitting behind him.
“They ended up telling us that we had to prepare for an emergency landing and no one knew what really to expect, so we ended up adhering to whatever they asked us to do,” he explained.
Edgar said the aircraft eventually landed at Hewanorra International airport.
He said that the incident has left him fearful of flying in a hurry.
“I guess accidents do happen but up to now, when we left the aircraft they told us that they were just going to give us transportation to Vigie and we would have to find our way from there, but lucky with me I got a ride from a taxi driver and he dropped me at my house in Carellie,” Edgar stated.
Edgar said he was disappointed in the management of Caribbean Airways for not following up with the passengers to determine how they were doing after the emergency landing.
“Up to now I have a little stiff neck and back pain when I kind of move around,” he noted.
He revealed that the emergency landing on Sunday was the first such experience for him after flying for the past twenty-three years.
According to reports, the plane with 68 passengers on board landed safely shortly after 3:00PM. It was met by emergency services, including fire trucks and ambulances.
The Times contacted Caribbean Airlines headquarters in Trinidad for comment.