Bound flight crash lands at airport in Guyana

09 November, 2018, 23:07 | Author: Bert Pena
  • The Fly Jamaica aircraft crashed upon landing at the CJIA

Six people were injured after a Boeing 757 with more than 120 people on board crash-landed at Guyana's Cheddi Jagan Airport, local media reports citing authorities.

The Fly Jamaica Airways jet took off from Guyana around 2:10 a.m. local time with 118 people, along with two infants, and eight crew members on board. When it landed, the crew was unable to stop the aircraft, which came to a halt at the northeastern takeoff end of the runway, badly damaging its right wing and engine.

Six passengers suffered non-life threatening injuries after a Canada-bound plane crashed shortly after take-off in Guyana's capital.

"Where the aircraft veered off is about the exact same place the Caribbean Airlines (plane did)... so fortunately for us on this occasion, the extension (of the runway) was there so they were able to utilise the extension", Patterson said, adding that investigations into the matter had already started.

Minister Patterson explained that the flight departed the airport at 02:10hrs and at about 02:21grs, the Pilot indicated that he was experiencing hydraulic problems. An emergency inflatable slide had been deployed from one of the front doors.

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But while airline officials reported two of the 128 people on the plane were taken to hospital as a precaution, Global Affairs said all Canadians on board were believed to be unhurt.

It said Flight OJ256 "suffered an accident on landing", but had no other details on the nature of the accident.

The Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson told reporters during a press conference: "The reports are of back pain and such, no reports of any broken bones".

A hotline has been set up for family members looking for information at +592-261-2281 or +592-600-7022. A spokesman said consular assistance would be available to those who needed it. The runway then was 7,400 feet (2,255 meters) but is now being extended to 10,000 feet.

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