Airliner makes safe emergency landing in Caymans

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Associated Press

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 PM

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) — Aviation officials in the Cayman Islands say an American Airlines plane bound for Panama has made a safe emergency landing in the British Caribbean territory.

The Cayman Islands Airport Authority says the flight took off Tuesday from Miami with 147 passengers. The agency says the flight was diverted and landed safely at Owen Roberts International Airport on the territory's main island of Grand Cayman after a "mechanical problem" was detected.

The agency says all airport emergency services were on standby as the American Airlines plane landed without incident.

Passengers disembarked and were taken to the airport's departure hall.

American Airlines has not responded to an email and phone message seeking comment.

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