Fly Jamaica jet crash-lands at Guyana (OJ256 to Toronto)

Marsha Scott
November 10, 2018

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

The Fly Jamaica plane was 20 minutes into a flight from Georgetown, Guyana, to Toronto when the pilot indicated there were problems with the Boeing 757's hydraulic system.

The flight left from Cheddi Jagan International Airport, near the Guyanese capital of Georgetown, with 120 passengers and eight crew aboard at about 2 a.m. ET.

It reports that there were 82 Canadians on board.

"Everyone was going insane, screaming, crying for their lives, everything", said passenger Invor Bedessee, describing how some people were injured getting off the flight.

Guyana's public infrastructure minister, David Patterson, planned to provide a detailed report on the incident Friday.

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The crew were mad eup of six Guyanese and two Jamaicans, according to Mr Patterson.

While the pilot tried to make the emergency landing he was unable to to get the aircraft to cpmpe to a complete stop before reaching the end of the runway.

Pictures showed the plane had ground to a halt in the sand just short of a steep incline. However, the extended runway has not been open yet and was not available for the emergency landing.

The relevant overseas authorities have been informed and an investigation is underway. The airport has also set up a hotline for family members looking for assistance and information.

It comes two weeks after another Boeing 757 jet plunged into the ocean off the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 189 passengers and crew.

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