Sunday, February 4, 2018

American Airlines, Boeing 777-200, N757AN, Flight AA-973: Incident occurred February 04, 2018 at L.F. Wade International Airport, Bermuda

American Airlines Inc: 

Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Acting Lieutenant Russann Francis said, “On Sunday, February 04, 2018 at 12:18am, Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service Emergency Dispatch Center received a call from Maritime radio representative, Mr. Alan Bailey.

“He stated that “an American Airlines flight AA973 on its way from John F. Kennedy Airport, New York to Brazil will make an emergency landing in Bermuda due to possible fire in the cargo hold.”

“The American Airlines flight was reported to carry 201 people on board and 156,000 pounds of fuel remaining on board. Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service [BFRS] were standing by on scene with 10 vehicles and 12 personnel as the flight landed safely in Bermuda at 12:42am.

“BFRS personnel assisted with the evacuation of all passengers and currently have 5 personnel appropriately suited with breathing apparatus performing a search of the rear cargo hold.”

Bermuda Police closed Kindley Field Road to vehicular traffic as the plane approached for landing and re-opened the road after it was safe to do so.

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An American Airlines flight diverted to Bermuda because of a possible fire in the early hours of this morning.

The plane, which was carrying 201 people from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York to Brazil, made an emergency landing at L.F. Wade International Airport shortly after 12.40am.

Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service helped evacuate all passengers and carried out a search of the rear cargo hole, where the fire was thought to be located. The plane had 156,000 pounds of fuel on board.

Ten fire vehicles and 12 firefighters were at the scene to deal with the issue.

This morning, Skyport confirmed the plane landed safely and there were no injuries.

Most passengers remained at the airport overnight and were rebooked on American Airlines scheduled flights to JFK and Miami this morning, although some chose to book into hotels and remain on the island while alternative flight arrangements were made. 

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