Probe into false fire alarm on Delta plane in Jamaica


Passengers on the tarmac after the evacuation of Delta Flight 304. (Photo: Fox10TV)

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.

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.

The passengers were flown to Atlanta on another aircraft.

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