JIS News

Director General of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Lt. Col. Oscar Derby, has said that operations at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston have returned to normal.

He told JIS News that all flights are landing and departing as scheduled, following this morning’s (March 4) incident involving a Cessna aircraft.

Reports are that a few minutes after 10:00 am, the small plane was attempting to take off from the NMIA when it seemed to have developed a problem, which caused it to overshoot the runway and end up on the Port Royal roadway.

“We do not know the cause of it”, Col Derby told JIS News. “Our investigation is only preliminary at this time. It (aircraft) apparently attempted to stop and was not able to stop before it went off the end (of the runway),” he said.

He told JIS News that there were no fatalities and the two persons aboard the plane, the pilot and one passenger, were taken to the Kingston Public Hospital.

The Port Royal road is however now closed to vehicular traffic as emergency personnel are working to remove the aircraft from the roadway.

The JCAA has also dispatched a team of investigators to the scene.