TTCAA Launches Investigation Following Near Plane Crash Incident With CAL

On Tuesday the safety inspectors from the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) scheduled a meeting with the Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Control (ATC) to discuss a near plane crash that involved the Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines (CAL) and a JetBlue plane at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport. As the outcome of the incident is being resolved, the two pilots of CAL were placed off duties as shared by the TTCAA director Ramesh Lutchmedial.

“Caribbean Airlines Ltd is fully co-operating with the investigators,” Lutchmedial said in a statement.

On Monday, CAL announced that it was “working with industry authorities” into the incident that had occurred on last Saturday. The United States Federal Aviation Authority already engaged in investigations posted on its website, CAL said it is committed to the safety and security of all passengers.

“We are concerned to hear of an alleged incident highlighted on internet news sites regarding JetBlue 1295, and BW flight 526 on Saturday night (17th January) at JFK airport, New York. Caribbean Airlines takes allegations of this type very seriously, and is committed to working with the industry authorities to investigate all the facts. We are in the process of investigating and compiling the facts surrounding this allegation in cooperation with all Regulator agencies.”

In the interim, CAL says that it is “complying with all incident management procedures included within its Safety Management System and adjunct regulations”.

According to the FAA, the planes never had reached within 2,800 feet of each other.

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