InselAir International Inc. has apologized for the recent airborne incident involving its Fokker 50 aircraft performing flight 7I-512 from Sint Maarten to Curaçao. On March 19, 2018, the crew of InselAir flight number 7i512 with 53 people on board had to shut the left hand engine down while the aircraft was en route at FL200 over the Caribbean Sea about 100nm south-southwest of Sint Maarten approximately half an hour into the flight.
“InselAir International Inc. confirms that one of its Fokker 50 aircraft had to return to the St Maarten airport after developing an airborne engine shutdown,” the press release read. “The aircraft safely returned to the airport.”
“The maintenance department of InselAir is currently proceeding with an investigation and will proceed with the required repairs before the aircraft is put back in service,” the statement continued. “It is to be noted that the flight crew applied correctly all of the procedures related to such incident. InselAir international extends its sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused to its passengers.”
Approximately one hour after the aircraft took off from the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIAE), the aircraft had to return to Sint Maarten and the 53 passengers were relieved when the aircraft landed safely. While in flight, the aircraft lost one of its engines, Curacao Chronicle quoted several sources in Sint Maarten as saying.
InselAir director of operations, Lloys Hinds, told Le Pelican that the aircraft experienced engine failure. All security measures were taken and the departments concerned were notified, he said.
Meanwhile, Jan Heppenaar, 70, was recently named the new Chief Executive Officer of InselAir. The figurehead of Dutch aviation is set to follow Gilles Filliatreault, who is leaving the aviation company on April 1, 2018.