Passengers of an American Airlines plane that was taxiing the runway at Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan Airport early this morning were forced to return to the terminal after the plane struck what is believed to be a circuit box for runway lights and suffered a blow out of three of its tires.
One passenger who was on the plane said there was poor visibility because of heavy fog at the time of departure and it appeared as though the pilot might have ventured too far out to the edge of the runway, colliding with the piece of equipment.
Passengers were forced to disembark the plane and return to the departure lounge. A relief plane is expected later today to fly out the affected passengers out.
Officials at the airport and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority are expected to probe the incident.
Just last week an American Airlines flight was forced to return to Guyana after the aircraft developed a problem with its air conditioning system and cabin pressure.
The pilot spent more than 3 hours circling the airport to burn off enough fuel for landing. The plane eventually landed without any incident.