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Insel Air Emergency Landing

Simpson Bay, St. Maarten (Wednesday, June 13, 2018)-32 Insel Air passengers were elated when flight PJ-KVN touched down safely on the runway of the Princess Juliana International Airport - SXM on Wednesday June 13, 2018 at approximately 1:19pm. The Fokker 50 aircraft originally departed from St. Maarten en route to Curaçao at 12:59pm and later turned around due to engine failure. The aircraft reportedly had four hours of fuel.

Following a code red call from an Insel Air pilot, the SXM Airport Air Traffic controllers executed its safety procedures for an emergency landing. The pilot had an indication in the cockpit that the engine was shut down. All the pertinent coordination was done with the San Juan Center to acquire all the necessary information. In efforts to uphold the current contingency plan, there was priority given to the aircraft for its’ emergency landing.

As the passengers and the flight crew disembarked the Insel Air aircraft, it was determined that there was no further cause for alarm. Meanwhile, the Rescue and Firefighting Department officially declared the situation as a code green at approximately 1:26pm, which signified that all was cleared with the occurrence.