Cayman Airways Limited (CAL) confirms that flight KX792 destined to New York (JFK) from Grand Cayman on Sunday September 8, 2019, was diverted to Orlando International Airport (MCO) following a smoke indication in one of its cargo holds.
As a result, Captain Frederick Whorms declared an emergency, and the aircraft was landed safely. The Captain and crew successfully conducted an emergency evacuation of the aircraft, which resulted in all passengers and crew safely exiting the aircraft. Passengers and crew were then transported to the airport terminal.
Following the diversion of New York flight KX792 to Orlando International Airport (MCO), Cayman Airways can now confirm the following:
“We are extremely mindful that this emergency landing and evacuation was a very distressing event,” commented Cayman Airways President and CEO, Fabian Whorms. “On behalf of Cayman Airways, I offer a most sincere apology to our passengers for having to experience this emergency landing and evacuation, which was necessary in the interest of the safety of our passengers and crew. We have removed the affected aircraft from service indefinitely in order to accomplish the required repairs.”
Due to the aircraft being removed from service, there will be some necessary changes to the airline’s flight schedule for Monday September 9, 2019, as follows:
All other flights are expected to operate on schedule. Passengers on affected flights will receive updates on their new flight times via email and text messages.
Affected passengers may call Cayman Airways Reservations on 345-949-2311 or 1-800-422-9626 (toll free in the United States) with any questions or concerns.