Bahamas, March 16, 2017 – Nassau – The F0 tornado which shook things up at the Lynden Pindling International Airport early on Wednesday morning knocked over a $20 million dollar Bahamasair plane. The ATR 70-seater aircraft is poised to be assessed for damage by engineers who are on their way to The Bahamas.
The F0 knocked the plane off of its landing gear in winds which were between 40 and 70mph, and Chairman of Bahamasair, Valentine Grimes said because it is a relatively slow season, the flight schedule was not greatly impacted. Grimes said the National Flag Carrier was able to shift flights around to make up for the loss of the new plane.
The Deputy Prime Minister, whose house was also struck by the tornado assured that the Bahamasair plane is insured. Though there were some cosmetic damages to the airport and even a loss of power in some parts of the LPIA, the Nassau Airport Development Company said operations were unaffected by the freak tornado.