Boeing jet crash-lands at Guyana airport, 10 injured

10 November, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Carlos George
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A Fly Jamaica Boeing 757-200 aircraft overshot the runway at Guyana's main global airport early Friday, injuring several people.

Six people were reported injured and pictures show substantial damage to the starboard wing and engine.

The plane with its eight crew members of six Guyanese and two Jamaicans, also had on board one American, 82 Canadians, 35 Guyanese, one Pakistani and a Trinidadian.

The Boeing 757-200, registered as N524AT, overran the end of the runway and crossed through the airport perimeter fence.

Patterson said that the flight departed Guyana at 2:10 am (local time) on Friday and at 2:21 am, the pilot indicated "there was some hydraulic problem and he requested permission to return and he did".

It says Flight OJ256 "suffered an accident on landing", but offered no other details on the nature of the accident or possible injuries.

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Fly Jamaica said the airline is now making arrangements to fly the plane's passengers out of Guyana.

They were taken to hospital.

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority is leading an investigation and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, which automatically assists with inquiries under worldwide rules, was notified, officials said.

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.

A spokesperson for Fly Jamaica said it is providing local assistance for its passengers and "will furhter release information as soon as it is available". The runway then was 2,255 metres long, but is now being extended to 3,048 metres.

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