Costa Rica-Miami flight makes emergency landing in the Caribbean

September 19, 2013

An American Airlines plane flying from Costa Rica to Miami on Thursday morning made an emergency landing on Colombia’s San Andres Island, local Caracol TV reported, citing civil aviation authorities.

Smoke in the Boeing 757’s cabin forced the pilot to detour and land on the island, located near Colombia’s northern coast, Caracol reported.

None of the 179 passengers on board Flight 1024 were injured, the report added.

Firefighters, medical staff and airport crews assisted in the emergency landing. Passengers were taken to a boarding area of Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport.

Airline personnel are evaluating the aircraft and staff is flying from Colombia to assist in the investigation.

San Andrés is a coral island among the Colombian islands in the Caribbean Sea located 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Providencia. The Colombian archipelago is approximately 750 km (470 miles) from the Colombian mainland.

You may be interested

Honduran opposition protesters take to the streets
Central America
1128 views
Central America
1128 views

Honduran opposition protesters take to the streets

Noe Leiva / AFP - December 15, 2017

Supporters of the leftist opposition in Honduras blocked streets in various cities around that country on Friday, despite political repression,…

Of snow, kindness and Northern Lights: a Costa Rican in Manitoba, Canada
Please Send Coffee!
2152 views
Please Send Coffee!
2152 views

Of snow, kindness and Northern Lights: a Costa Rican in Manitoba, Canada

Gustavo Díaz Cruz - December 14, 2017

My mom named me Gustavo Adolfo. I was born in Puntarenas, next to the sea, but my home was in…

Response to disaster: aid successes, struggles in post-Maria Puerto Rico
Weather
1497 views
Weather
1497 views

Response to disaster: aid successes, struggles in post-Maria Puerto Rico

John McPhaul - December 13, 2017

As Costa Rica joins many other nations in looking back upon the horrendous 2017 hurricane season, longtime Tico Times contributor…