Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Guyana plane crash: Six injured on Air Jamaica flight

Guyana plane crash: Six injured on Air Jamaica flight

A Toronto-bound Fly Jamaica airplane is seen after crash-landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Georgetown, Guyana on November 9, 2018.

The aircraft, a Boeing 757-200 according Flightradar 24, was bound for Canada when it suffered a hydraulic issue after take-off, AFP reported, citing Guyana's infrastructure minister, David Patterson. The activated emergency chute can be seen at right along with the shattered right wing.

Six people were injured when a Fly Jamaica plane overshot the runway after returning to Georgetown, Guyana, Friday morning.

St. Lucia News was reporting that six people were injured in the incident, but were stable and being treated at the Diamond Regional Hospital in Georgetown.

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. "There were no reports of broken bones", Patterson told a news briefing at the airport.

In July 2011, a Boeing 737-800 aircraft belonging to Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines crashed at Cheddi Jagan after landing too far down the runway and running out of braking space, injuring several people.

Flight OJ256 took off at 2.10am local time, but at 2.21am the pilot put out a distress call, asking to return to the airport.

In a statement early Friday, the airline said it believes all 120 passengers and eight crew were safe following the crash in Georgetown.

At a local press conference, it was announced that there were 82 Canadians on board. The runway then was 2,255 metres long, but is now being extended to 3,048 metres. A spokesman said consular assistance would be available to those who needed it.

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