KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday October 13, 2015 – The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) is investigating yesterday’s fire alert on a Delta flight that triggered an evacuation and the closure of Sangster International Airport.
The airport in Montego Bay has since reopened.
The JCAA said investigators from its Flight Safety Division have been deployed to conduct a probe into the incident on Delta Flight 304 which was destined for Atlanta.
The plane was on the runway with 160 passengers and six crew members and was preparing to take off around 3:30 p.m. when a cargo fire warning light came on. The fire suppression system within the plane was activated and everyone on board was evacuated through the emergency exits.
First photo: Passengers use emergency exits to get off Delta flight 304 after cargo on board caught fire on runway pic.twitter.com/6r4agkVDJx
— Jamaica Gleaner (@JamaicaGleaner) October 12, 2015
No one was injured, and Delta later said the warning was a false alarm and there was no fire on board the plane.
However, Sangster was closed for about three hours, during which time incoming flights were rerouted to the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.
Delta flight evacuated due to faulty fire report http://t.co/zD0Wcbcl3N
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) October 13, 2015
The passengers were flown to Atlanta on another aircraft.