At 10:10am on Tuesday, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, Providenciales Office, received a call from 911 informing the department that an American Airlines Boeing 757 from Port of Spain, Trinidad, en route to Miami, had requested clearance for an emergency landing at the Providenciales International Airport with 175 souls on board including crew members.
The pilot reported a fire in the cockpit and that the left engine was smoking and dripping fuel. The aircraft had one hour and thirty minutes of fuel on board. The aircraft landed at the Providenciales airport at 10:23am.
The aircraft was towed from the original spot on the runway to the main terminal. All passengers and crew disembarked the aircraft at 11:15am. Stand-down was at 11:29am.