Approximately 60 miles from the V.C. Bird International Airport, passengers and the cabin attendant observed what appeared to be smoke in the cabin. The captain was notified and immediately diverted to the nearest airport, Guadeloupe, which was approximately 10 miles away. The aircraft landed without further incident.
LIAT mounted another flight to move passengers to their intended destination that same evening.
The aircraft was examined by the company’s maintenance staff and underwent various checks as stipulated by the manufacturer’s maintenance manual, however, no fault was found.
Following lengthy investigation and analysis, LIAT’s Maintenance and Engineering Department has come to the conclusion that the short period of smoke entering the cabin was caused by a transient fault in the air conditioning system.
The aircraft has since been returned to service.