Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Fly Jamaica Makes Emergency Landing In Guyana - Six Injured

Fly Jamaica Makes Emergency Landing In Guyana - Six Injured

A Fly Jamaica Airways plane headed to Toronto and reportedly carrying dozens of Canadians crash landed in Guyana on Friday after reporting a technical problem shortly after takeoff.

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 Fly Jamaica aircraft crashed upon landing at the CJIA.

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

The runway at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) has been opened for limited use, allowing flights scheduled for departure this morning to leave.

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

The 118 passengers on board the Boeing 757-200 included 82 Canadians.

Minster of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson at an emergency press conference held at the airport, confirmed that 120 persons, including two infants, were onboard the flight destined for Toronto, Canada.

All passengers on board survived and six people suffered only minor injuries.

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.

The aircraft went to the end of the runway where spikes created to halt its progress burst several tires, he said, noting that several passengers were screaming and praying by that point.

Guyana's civil aviation authority is investigating. The airport has also set up a hotline for family members looking for assistance and information.

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

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