Road Closes Due To Flight Diversion [Now Open]

September 1, 2014

[Updated: Road is now open] As of 12.00pm today [Sept 1] Kindley Field Road has been closed as a safety precaution, with a flight due to land in Bermuda after diverting due to reports of smoke in the cockpit.

Police Media Manager Dwayne Caines said, “A JetBlue flight with 139 people onboard, traveling from JFK in New York to St. Martin, reported smoke in te cockpit, resulting in the plane being diverted to Bermuda.

“In the abundance of caution, emergency personnel have commenced standard operating procedures surrounding safety, resulting in Kindley Field Road being closed until the plane has safely landed.”

Update 12.21pm: Police confirm that the plane has landed safely, and said the road is re-opening.

Update 1.29pm: Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service Staff [BFRS] Officer, Sergeant Russann Francis said that, At 11:38am this morning, 911 Emergency Dispatch Center received a call from the L. F. Wade International Airport Duty Officer, Ms. Charlotte Bosch-DeNoya. She stated 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 5 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 12:07pm. The BFRS Emergency Medical Technicians carried out a thorough search of the Airbus conducting all necessary safety measures.

“After a complete assessment of the persons on board, it was determined that medical assistance was not required. An investigation will be carried out into the cause of this incident.”

This is the latest in a series of flight diversions, following after a Norwegian airline flight on August 29, the rerouting of a flight due to a mentally ill passenger on August 20, a diversion of a Thomas Cook flight due to a sick passenger on August 19, an American Airlines flight that diverted due to a medical emergency onboard on August 12, a United Airlines flight that made an unexpected stop in Bermuda due to a sick passenger on August 9, and a JetBlue flight which diverted to the island on July 11.

Update Sept 2: The Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre said, “RCC Bermuda receives a telephone call from the Bermuda ATC advising a Jet Blue flight had declared an emergency with smoke In the cockpit, the Airbus A320 with 139 persons onboard advised they would be landing in 30 minutes, Bermuda Radio commenced the emergency page system to advise the relevant emergency response, as the aircraft approached Bermuda the smoke had disipated and the aircraft made a safe landing.”

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  1. Chronically Cynical says:

    Wondered what was going on…I’m still hearing lots of sirens, though…

  2. Triangle Drifter says:

    Hmmm…lots of diversions. Hope the OBA are not using these arrivals to boost the tourism figures.

    That would be sooo PLPish.

    • mixitup says:

      Give it a break.. Mercy, don’t you get tierd?

    • Coffee says:

      A Drifting troll doing what Drifting trolls are paid to , TD can’t afford to give it a break . In his everyday drifting around the triangle his main job is on that trolling ! Holla , get to trolling Triangle Drifter .

  3. Terry says:

    Hitz dee Bumyoodah Trihangle.

    Jingus yoo lutt.
    Lurn yah heesstury………….

  4. LickMyChicken says:

    139 passengers heading to St. Martin. O how Bermuda can’t fill a flight and these islands always have full flights and flight all day every day.

    • Miah says:

      Bermuda is too expensive

    • mixitup says:

      You have to remember, St Maarten is a pit stop to many other Islands. Example: Anguilla cannot land a A320 Aircraft, nor can St. Barts or the BVI, then add the locals from all those Islands who are travelling home.

      • somuchless says:

        Not the point. You have So many other islands that recieve large jet service and full flights arrive everyday. Here far from it.

      • Terry says:

        B****** “mixitup”.

        Bermuda is not equipped for a 787 Dreamliner.

        No more from me on this crap.

      • Triangle Drifter says:

        Ah yes, there has to be some excuse why St Maarten is doing so well & Bermuda so poorly.

        Guess you have forgotten the days when Delta flew a loaded DC10 from Atlanta every day, Eastern was flying L 1011s & Pan Am was flying 747s from NY everyday.

        Things were going swimingly till a fateful week in 1981. Bermuda has been on the slide ever since.

        • Coffee says:

          And out of the three , only Delta survived the crash of ’81 !

          • Creamy says:

            They all survived well past 1981. It was the beginning of the end for our tourism though.

      • LickMyChicken says:

        that is a lame excuse

    • Whistling Frog says:

      Look at the difference in airfare going to the other Islands verses Bermuda… Its ridiculous.