Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Bound flight crash lands at airport in Guyana

Bound flight crash lands at airport in Guyana

Images posted on the airport's Facebook page and various sites showed the Fly Jamaica Airways plane appearing to have gone through a chainlink fence, with one of its engines tilted upward and resting on the fencing.

The Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana re-opened on Friday morning, just hours after a Fly Jamaica airliner made an emergency landing 45 minutes into its flight to Toronto, Canada.

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

The injuries suffered by the passengers were not life-threatening.

The Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson told reporters during a press conference: "The reports are of back pain and such, no reports of any broken bones".

The injured received treatment at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.

The passengers included one American, 82 Canadians, 35 Guyanese, one Pakistani and one Trinidadian. The crew comprised of six Guyanese and two Jamaicans.

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Flight departed Guyana at 2:10 AM and at 2:21 minutes, pilot indicated "there was some hydraulic problem and he requested permission to return and he did", the minister said.

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.

Fly Jamaica is an airline headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica and commenced operations in 2013.

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

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.

In the meantime, Fly Jamaica is tasked with taking care of its passengers.

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