Videos: Fire & Rescue Meet Arriving Plane

July 13, 2011

[Updated with videos] Shortly before 2:00pm this afternoon [July 13], Emergency Service vehicles were seen on the runway at L.F. Wade International Airport. A short time later a Jet Blue Jetbus A320 was seen landing safely before the aircraft left the runway and traveled to an area off the runway.

Jet Blue Airport Bermuda July 13 2011

Emergency vehicles followed the aircraft and surrounded it as it came to a stand still. Personnel could be seen inspecting the outside of the aircraft for a few minutes before the aircraft left the area and traveled to the air terminal followed by the emergency vehicles.

Once parked at the Airport Terminal, Fire Service personnel approached the rear of the plane and were seen opening the door to a compartment inspecting and going in. Passengers were seen disembarking the plane and heading into the Air Terminal.

Details are limited at this time, however we will update as able.

Jet Blue Airport Bermuda July 13 2011 - 2

Update 4:05pm: We unofficially understand that the flight involved was Jet Blue Flight #895 on its way from Boston to Dominican Republic.

Update 4:45pm: Hospital statement says hospital went on lock-down as a precaution to a potential incident involving an aircraft at the airport.

Update 5:00pm: Statement from the Ministry Of Transport

Airport Officials at LF Wade International received a call from Air Traffic Control at 1.21 p.m. today advising of the diversion of Jet Blue flight 895 following a report of smoke in the cockpit.

The flight was en-route from Boston to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with 129 passengers on board.

Emergency services were notified at 1.23 p.m. that flight 895 had declared an emergency and the estimated time of arrival was 2.55 p.m.

However, immediately before the aircraft landed, the pilot confirmed that the problem was in fact a smoke indicator light in the cockpit which had activated, and not actual smoke.

The Aircraft landed at 1.44 p.m. and as per Airport emergency procedures, taxied to an isolation point on the airfield where Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) carried out a full inspection of the aircraft. Once the aircraft was deemed safe, the aircraft was cleared to taxi to the Terminal Apron where passengers later deplaned and made their way to the Airport passenger lounge.

Airport officials have advised that the aircraft is presently being assessed by aircraft mechanical engineers and a decision will be made as to whether the flight will be ready for a late afternoon departure.

Update July 14: Statement from the Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service

Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service received an emergency call at approximately 1:20pm yesterday July 13, 2011 reporting smoke in the cockpit of an in-flight Jet Blue passenger aircraft that was to land at the L.F. International Wade Airport.

The Service responded with 7 fire appliances, 3 of which were aircraft firefighting vehicles and 4 fire pumper, 3 support vehicles, 1 ambulance and 20 personnel. After the safe landing of the flight, 2 firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the aircraft in an effort to locate the source of the smoke. However, the situation was deemed not to be of a threatening nature and passengers and crew were evacuated safely.

There were no reported injuries.

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  1. Oh no says:


  2. Derek Simons says:

    Once again Macy’s is not to far away for any part needed.

  3. will says:

    ha somebody read de customs declaration form ‘No prohibited drugs allowed’ so ya boy smoked de stash in de toilets and flushed the smoke away lol

  4. Mark says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s Punta CANA, not what they wrote!

  5. YES MATE! says:

    Was David Beeurch running a security perimeter around the plane or does he not give a sh!t now that “his” PL people brushed him aside?