Fiji Airways monitors Boeing 737 incident at Florida
May 6, 2019 2:58 pm
Boeing 737 skids off runway into Florida river [Source: Reuters]
Fiji Airways is closely monitoring the situation where a Boeing 737 aircraft operated by Miami International slid off a runway in Florida.
The situation occurred last Friday night.
It was a narrow escape for 136 passengers and seven crew members who were onboard.
The aircraft is similar to the Boeing 737-800 aircraft that was leased by Fiji Airways from Miami Air last month.
The aircraft was aimed to cover some of Fiji Airways schedules due to the temporary grounding of its two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
Following the incident, Fiji Airways has decided to ground the aircraft from servicing flights between Nadi and Auckland, Apia, Christchurch and Brisbane.
The leased aircraft was operating with its own cabin crew and pilots, however, there was a Fiji Airways senior flight attendant onboard to oversee the cabin experience.
The Fiji Airways Spokesperson says they will not operate the Miami Air aircraft until more details are released about the incident in Jacksonville, Florida.
The airline says the safety of passengers is and always will be their top priority.
Miami Air is a charter company based out of Miami in the United States, and have leased aircraft to airlines like British Airways, Air France, and TUI, among others.