PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Monday August 8, 2011 – A Caribbean Airlines (CAL) aircraft, bearing the same flight number as the plane that crash landed in Guyana last Sunday, has been grounded at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York because of engine trouble, the Trinidad Guardian has reported.
The newspaper said that the country’s Transport Minister Devant Maharaj had confirmed that that flight BW523 did not take off “due to mechanical problems”.
He said a part was needed for the aircraft.
The flight had been scheduled to leave JFK for Trinidad at 5:40 pm, but passengers were informed about an hour and a half before that it would not be taking off.
They were accommodated on other flights.
Meantime, CAL has announced that as a result of the crash at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana last Sunday, it will be retiring flight numbers BW522 and BW523.
It said that was the norm in the airline industry under the circumstances.
CAL said in a statement that, effective today, the new flight numbers will be BW524 and BW525 respectively.
An investigation into the cause of the plane crash is still ongoing.
There no fatalities and just a few serious injuries when the plane, carrying 163 passengers and crew, overshot the runway, broke through the airport perimeter fence and split in two.