Mon, Jun 20, 2005
Two Hurt -- But President And First Lady Are Okay
An American Airlines 757 carrying the president of Honduras was
forced to make an emergency landing on Grand Cayman Island Sunday
because of a problem with the de-icing system. Two passengers among
the nearly 200 people aboard were slightly hurt.
"The pilot declared an emergency after a problem with the
de-icing equipment," AAL spokesman John Hotard told the Associated
Press. "As the plane was clearing 28,000 feet on its descent into
Grand Cayman, the aircraft experienced moderate turbulence."
AAL Flight 953 had departed New York's LaGuardia, enroute to
Tegucigalpa, Honduras after a stop in Miami. That's where Honduran
President Ricardo Maduro and his wife, Aguas Ocana, boarded the 757
on their way home from a weekend getaway in Florida.
"The president and the first lady are in perfect health," said a
Honduran government statement obtained by the Associated Press.
The president and first lady were flown back to the Honduran
capital by government aircraft while the remainder of the 188
passengers and six crew overnighted in Grand Cayman.
One passenger suffered a minor foot injury, Hotard said. The
injuries to the other passenger weren't made clear by Cayman health
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