HAMILTON, Bermuda, Monday September 1, 2014, CMC – A JetBlue flight en route from New York to St Maarten was diverted to Bermuda on Monday after smoke and fumes were detected inside the aircraft’s cockpit.
The Airbus 320, which had 139 people on board, landed safely at the L.F. Wade International Airport’s just after noon local time, official said.
Sergeant Russann Francis of the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) said that the duty officer at the airport had informed that “a Jet Blue Airbus 320 will make an emergency landing in Bermuda due to smoke and fumes issuing in the cockpit.
“The Jet Blue flight was reported to carry 139 souls with five hours of fuel remaining on board. BFRS were standing by on scene with 10 vehicles and 16 personnel as the flight landed safely in Bermuda at 12.07 p.m.”
BFRS emergency medical technicians carried out a search of the aircraft and conducted an assessment of everyone on board, but determined that no medical assistance was required.
Several passengers on the flight expressed their frustration and disappointment via Twitter:
@JetBlue not too happy. On way to st maarten diverted to bermuda. Plane broke, waiting for new one. Stuck in AirCanada lounge, no food.
— Jeff McBurnie (@JeffMcB60) September 1, 2014
@JetBlue flight 787 from JFK to St. Maarten, stuck in a lounge in Bermuda
— Jason McBurnie (@jasonmcburn) September 1, 2014
@JetBlue what’s up with the flight 787 being diverted to Bermuda? Is it safe to expect it to arrive/depart from SXM to JFK later today?
— Çağatay Berilgen (@tyberilgen) September 1, 2014
An investigation into the cause of the problem is underway.
On Friday, a Norwegian Airlines Boeing 787 was diverted to Bermuda after a passenger became ill while the plane was en route to Fort Lauderdale from London.
The passenger was later taken to hospital here.