(CMR) Cayman Airways said two retired B737-300 aircraft that were in storage on the tarmac by the airline’s hangar at Owen Roberts International Airport were displaced by the wind from their parked and fully chocked positions during the passage of Tropical Storm Grace.
The nose of one of the aircraft came into contact with a perimeter fence, which caused some damage to the radome (removable nose cone). CAL said aircraft engineers would thoroughly assess and repair the damage when it is safe to do so, but as these B737-300 aircraft are not in active service and are currently in a storage program, the airline’s normal operations are not expected to be affected.
Cayman Airways’ active-duty fleet includes three B737-8 jet aircraft, which were also parked on the tarmac, and two Saab 340B+ planes along with one Twin Otter aircraft, which were parked inside the Cayman Airways hangar. All active-duty aircraft will also have appropriate inspections and checks accomplished to ensure that each aircraft suffered no hidden damage from exposure to the extreme winds associated with the passage of Tropical Storm Grace before being returned to service.
The airline anticipates having a serviceable fleet of aircraft for today, Thursday, August 18th, provided the results of the necessary inspections and checks prove to be satisfactory.