Passengers injured as jet overshoots runway in Guyana

Passengers injured as jet overshoots runway in Guyana

A Fly Jamaica Boeing 757-200 aircraft overshot the runway at Guyana's main worldwide airport early Friday, injuring several people.

In a statement, Jamaica Arlines said: "We can confirm that Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 bound for Toronto has returned to Georgetown with a technical problem and has suffered an accident on landing".

The passengers - 82 Canadians, 35 Guyanese, one Pakistani, a Trinidadian and an American - along with six crew members from Guyana and two from Jamaica, departed the CJIA at 2:10 a.m. and were heading to Toronto, Canada, when the Boeing 757 plane began experiencing technical difficulties.

Fly Jamaica reported that two elderly passengers had been taken to hospital as a precaution after the landing, and Bedessee said any injuries were likely sustained during the evacuation process.

Pictures show emergency exits were opened and safety equipment was deployed.

Ten people were injured in scenes described as "chaos" as a Boeing airliner carrying 126 people, majority Canadians, crash-landed in Guyana's capital Georgetown on Friday (Nov 9), skidding to a halt just before a steep drop. Boeing is looking into the incident, a spokesman said.

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The flight reportedly left Guyana at 2:10 am local time today and at 2:21 am, the pilot indicated an hydraulic problem, requesting permission to return. "I became a bit wary of the whole thing because I could have seen clearly what was happening because I was in the front of the plane", Mr. McDoom said.

The Boeing 757 had 126 people on board including the crew.

"We are making alternative arrangements to fly out the passengers", he said.

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

In 2011, a Caribbean Airlines jet carrying 163 people crashed as it landed at the Guyana airport, injuring several passengers. The runway then was 7,400 feet (2,255 meters) but is now being extended to 10,000 feet.

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