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TB Lettsome Airport is closed; Malfunctioning generator blamed

Sometime before 12:00 Noon today, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 the power went out at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island. Photo: VINO/File
BEEF ISLAND, VI - Sometime before 12:00 Noon today, Tuesday, February 19, 2019, the power went out at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island.

However, it was reported that the standby generator had malfunctioned causing the airport to be closed for hours.  

It caused flight delays and planes to circle the runway. BVI Airports Authority Officials could not be reached for comments as to how long this situation will continue.

Again?

However, an Airport correspondent told our news Centre that moments ago before publication around 1:45 PM, the situation was brought under control and the airport was reopened.

The BVI Airports Authority has been in the news recently over safety issues, plane crashes and lack of leadership.

15 Responses to “TB Lettsome Airport is closed; Malfunctioning generator blamed”

  • sooo (19/02/2019, 14:57) Like (45) Dislike (2) Reply
    we want a bigger and better airport but can't maintain a generator. study that
  • voter (19/02/2019, 15:39) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    A change must come, when I look at the state of the b.v.i it is so sad. IT don't make make sense to go vote foolishly we need to ask God to cover us when we go to vote, no bank on the island, the ATM is a mess ,the vg government building full of mold since Irma the workers was force to work there, the school is in a state, the road got more attention than the most important things. They say action speak louder than words they right because of their actions they ain't deserved ONE single vote
    • wize up (19/02/2019, 17:20) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ vote: what took my breath away(the 300.000.00 could have gone to refurbishing schools however went to festival) some thought our education system should have been given more priority) all the festival jams done, the money done and our children still have no proper schools....nothing personal so play the tape
      • So rite (20/02/2019, 08:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        that minister had to secure his young tramp votes don't forget that, the kids in all the primary school cant vote as yet. Schools cant even get proper materials etc
  • wize up (19/02/2019, 15:48) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    we spending money to attract visitors however the infrastructure continue to fall apart for the residents: fire services in the east and to the west gone: farmer week went: 2017-2019 school gone: lack of running water for our community: in 2019 and still sewage issues: ok we dumped some Asphalt on top of the old(My vehicle is very grateful): west end port on life support
    • ASHAMED (19/02/2019, 23:39) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      If tourist just stay on the Peir park thats fine but they walk Waterfront Drive and smell the sewers and walk Main Street and break there foot. Whose kidding who here. Do we think the tourists don’t tell the truth back home about the state of this place?
  • bvi (19/02/2019, 16:53) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    The voters are saying that vincent is only for the white people who helps us during the hurricane who supply us with items to build back our homes.suppose we did not have the same white people to help us.Let us not be ungrateful.remember hurricane season is coming back
  • Political Observer (PO) (19/02/2019, 17:29) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Failures happened. Electronic and mechanical equipment can fail. However, every effort must be employed to prevent and/or equipment failure. Some facilities are less tolerant of equipment failure than others , ie, hospital, airports........etc. To prevent equipment failure, an agressive maintenance programme must be put in place. For example, a back up generator should typically be tested at least one per week, ie, it should be operated for at least 30 minutes. Further, at least once per year, a generator should be load tested, using a resistive bank or other means. The BVIAA seemed to be snake bitten in recent months, ie, Anegada Airport was down for lights, inoperable fire piper.....etc. BVIAA needs an operational standdown to fix itself. As the late Norbert “Fix It” Wheatley would say ‘Fix Yourself.’ May he RIP.
  • skilled maintenance (19/02/2019, 18:33) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is the same story over and over and over.....
    It is one thing to install new generators at Pockwood, and new water and sewer lines, but as time has shown over and over , if they are not maintained then it is money wasted. This is the reason that there are fires at the generating station and that airports get closed. NOBODY is doing proper maintenance etc on this equipment. Its only a matter of time before a boiler or pressure vessel blows up because I know for a fact that there in not even one certified boiler inspector in the entire BVI.
  • BA (19/02/2019, 18:58) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Because you all are too damn lazy to do the job
  • jokers (19/02/2019, 19:13) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply

    THIS IS GREAT TO HAVE ALL THESE NDPS WATCHING VINO NEWS LOVE IT

  • ABC (19/02/2019, 20:33) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh yea ndp must go
    • wize up (19/02/2019, 21:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ ABC: the sooner the better: and i will personally love to see a Scotland Yard probe into the government books for the past eight years because far to much of the people’s money can not be fully accounted for: in private enterprise such financial mismanagement would have seen people going before the court but the politicians appears to be above the laws of our territory


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