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Captain Kel Retires

Front Pages 02 Mar, 2023 Follow News

Kel enjoyed being in the cockpit

Captain Kel Thompson had a distinguished career

Kel with Cayman Airways staff

Kel Thompson, the veteran Cayman Airways pilot, has flown his last flight after a distinguished career with our national airline. After a 32-year association, Captain Thompson will concentrate now on his many other interests and enterprises solely on the ground.

Steven Coe, a co-pilot, posted: “On Thursday, February 23, I was honoured and humbled to join Captain Kel Thompson as his First Officer on his last flight as an airline captain with Cayman Airways.

“Having flown with Kel over the last seven years, from both seats, it was a pleasure to share in memories that can only be shared by those who sit on the flight deck of a commercial airliner.

You will be missed sitting in the left hand seat of Mr Boeing’s marvellous flying machines. But I know that this is only a part of the journey. While you have retired from flying, you have not retired.”

A serial entrepreneur, Kel has business interests in numerous real estate projects and at the Wyndham Reef Resort. 

Kel had a brilliant career in the cockpit, his finest hour being the time when an engine of a Cayman Airways Boeing 737-800 on its way to Tampa shut down shortly after take-off from Grand Cayman. Captain Coe and First Officer Thompson skilfully returned to Owen Roberts International Airport and landed the plane safely. All 128 passengers and crew on board were unhurt.

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