Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 overruns runway at Georgetown Airport

The Fly Jamaica aircraft crashed upon landing at the CJIA

The Fly Jamaica aircraft crashed upon landing at the CJIA

A Trinidadian was among the 118 aboard a Fly Jamaica aircraft that crash landed in Guyana on Friday morning.

All Canadian passengers aboard a Toronto-bound flight with a mechanical problem escaped injury when their plane skidded off the runway at Guyana's main global airport, federal officials said Friday.

The Minister confirmed the Fly Jamaica flight crashed at the same spot Caribbean Airlines flight crashed in 2011.

"At this time, we believe that all 118 passengers and eight crew members are safe".

After encountering hydraulical problems, the pilots made a decision to return to Georgetown Cheddi Jagan International Airport approximately 45 minutes after takeoff.

Flight Alerts, a Twitter account monitoring aircraft, reported the plane overshot the runway and crashed into a fence.

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




The Boeing 757, carrying 126 people, including two infants, returned after experiencing hydraulic problems.

It reports that there were 82 Canadians on board.

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.

He noted that even though the extended runway was not complete that the sand served as a cushion.

Guyana's Chief Medical Officer, Shamdeo Persaud, said five people had been referred to another hospital for "further investigation" for spinal injuries. The airport has also set up a hotline for family members looking for assistance and information.

Bowen said 120 passengers and crew were on the plane.

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