Haiti gov't plane makes emergency landing in Cuba

November 15, 2011 - 4:40 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A plane carrying 19 Haitian government officials on their way to Cuba to prepare for a presidential visit made an emergency landing Tuesday in the eastern Cuban city of Camaguey.

The turbo prop plane, which was en route to Havana, had a problem with its air conditioning wiring and landed as a safety precaution, said Damian Merlo, a spokesman for Haitian President Michel Martelly. There were no injuries.

The plane was chartered through Aerlineas Mas, based in the Dominican Republic, to carry Haitian officials to Cuba to prepare for this week's three-day visit by Martelly, his first since he took office in May.

It was the second aviation scare in recent days for Haitian officials. A helicopter carrying the prime minister and two other Cabinet members made an emergency landing in Port-au-Prince on Saturday.