Fly Jamaica crash lands in Guyana, several injured

Boeing jet crash-lands at Guyana airport 6 people injured

Six of the 128 people aboard the plane, including crewmembers, were injured in the crash, the minister of public infrastructure, David Patterson, said as cited by local media.

The passengers included a crew of eight, two infants, two Jamaicans nationals, an American, 82 Canadians, 35 Guyanese, a Pakistani and the Trinidadian.

The injuries suffered by the passengers were not life-threatening.

It had taken off not long before heading for Toronto.

The flight reportedly left Guyana at 2:10 a.m. local time Friday and at 2:21 a.m. the pilot indicated a problem with the hydraulics, prompting a request by the crew to return to the airport.

As such, preparations were made for an emergency landing but the Pilot was unable to get the aircraft to an absolute stop before the end of the runway.

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"One of the wings came apart and the engine on the right side actually flipped over and we crashed into a big sand pile at the edge of a cliff".

The plane barrelled through a chain-link fence before finally coming to a halt at the top of an embankment, Bedessee said.

"We can confirm that flight OJ256 bound for Toronto has returned to Georgetown with a technical problem and has suffered an accident on landing", Fly Jamaica said in a statement. An inflatable slide was then deployed to help passengers evacuate the aircraft. A hotline has been set up for family members looking for information at +592-261-2281 or +592-600-7022.

The incident is not the first at Guyana's largest airport.

The Fly Jamaica aircraft crashed upon landing at the CJIA. The runway then was 2,255 metres long, but is now being extended to 3,048 metres.

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