AVIANCA flight lands in Curaçao after heavy turbulence
WILLEMSTAD - The Minister of Traffic, Transport and Urban Planning Mrs. Camelia-Römer and the Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA) report that the Avianca flight AV018, landed early this morning in Curaçao after the flight had experienced severe turbulence, with the result that some passengers were injured.
Sometime after 1:00 this morning Avianca Flight 018 from Bogota to Barcelona experienced severe turbulence during the flight. A number of passengers were injured and relief had to be provided on board. The pilot had therefore decided to make an emergency landing at the Curaçao International Airport and the plane landed at around 1:51 AM.
Officials from the CCAA were informed by Curacao Airport Partners (CAP) Operations staff. A preliminary investigation was carried out and the inspection of the aircraft was completed. The plane, an Airbus A330 jet, remained on the ground at Hato Airport. Initial reports that of the 250 passengers and 11 crew members, six passengers were hospitalized with various injuries were recorded. The remaining passengers and crew were housed in different hotels in Curaçao, which were informed of the situation by the Minister of Economic Development.
Although it was not a disaster, the Risk Management and Disaster Administration Agency was established to support. All airport and hospital emergency services responded quickly to this unexpected event. Other emergency services such as the Red Cross, Victim Foundation were also supporting, together with the Consulates. The tasks were performed in close cooperation with Prime Minister Ivar Asjes.
Medical emergencies of this nature are not uncommon. With its long runway and geographical situation, Hato Airport is recognized for its ability to accommodate large heavy aircraft. The plane departed this afternoon to Barcelona, Spain.
All communication was controlled from the office of the Minister of Traffic, Transportation & Urban Planning. The minister offers her recognition of the CCAA, CAP, ambulance service, fire brigade and all who have offered their help to efficiently handle the situation.