(CMR) Cayman Airways KX 792 destined to New York had an emergency landing in Orlando, Florida because of a warning light in the cargo hold. The plane landed in Orlando around 5:15 pm sources indicate.
This news is breaking to CMR right now as multiple persons on the plane reached out to us. We understand that there was some sort of incident that caused the plane to have to land urgently at the Orlando International Airport (MCO).
CMR has since confirmed that the smoke detector indicated that there was a fire in the cargo hold; and the pilots decided to land. However, no fire was discovered.
CMR understands there were 121 persons with 5 crew members on the flight and all are accounted for and safe. We do understand that this aircraft was the first one to have been retired when the new flight of Max 8's arrived. Sources indicate that this plane is known to have sensor issues and has been one of the main reasons for the recent delays out of New York. Mechanics are signing off with a MEL – stating it is meeting minimum requirements to be able to fly and disengaging the sensors after confirming there is no issue.
Passengers originally thought it was a fire in the cockpit but our exclusive sources indicate that is NOT the case. Apparently, there was a warning light and protocol is to land and evacuate immediately. Eyewitnesses said passengers were visibly shaken; up with many calling family members.
Capt Ricky Whorms and First Officer Adrian West were in command of the plane. CAL has since issued a statement on the matter:
International and US news outlets carried this story. Anyone traveling over the next several days should check with CAL about what delays will be forthcoming as a result of this incident.