by Joel Julien and Rhondor Dowlat (Trinidad Guardian) The Air Traffic Control Radar system at the Piarco International Airport was inoperative when the pilot of a JetBlue Airways aircraft was forced to take evasive action to prevent a possible collision with a Caribbean Airlines aircraft on Sunday.
This was confirmed by the Director General of the T&T Civil Aviation Authority Francis Regis in an emailed response to Guardian Media yesterday.
On Sunday, JetBlue flight 1817 was flying at 4,150 feet in an easterly direction over the Gulf of Paria on its final approach to Piarco at 12.34 pm, when it informed the tower that Caribbean Airlines flight 521 was on a trajectory to cross its path at nearly the same altitude.
“The TTCAA confirms that there was a traffic incident which is being investigated by the TTCAA,” Regis stated.
With incidents like the near collision, an investigation is launched to determine the root cause and to make recommendations to prevent a recurrence.