Fly Jamaica Makes Emergency Landing In Guyana - Six Injured

Saturday, 10 Nov, 2018

A Boeing 757 jet has crash-landed at Guyana airport moments after taking off, leaving six people injured.

The Fly Jamaica aircraft crashed upon landing at the CJIA.

A spokesman for the airline said it "suffered an accident on landing", but all 118 passengers and eight crew were safe.

Six passengers suffered nonlife-threatening injuries when the plane landed about 45 minutes after it departed Cheddi Jagan International Airport at about 2 a.m. local time (0600 GMT), hesaid.

The flight, which was heading to Pearson Airport, experienced some technical difficulties and had to return to CJIA.

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

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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 pilot reportedly claimed he started to experience technical issues with the hydraulics about 20 minutes into their flight and it forced him to turn around to its departure airport, according to Mr Patterson. However, the extended runway has not been open yet and was not available for the emergency landing.

Fly Jamaica falls under the Wings Aviation company and operates scheduled flights from Guyana to Kingston, Jamaica; Toronto, Canada and New York, United States.

Anyone seeking further information on relatives onboard the Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 can contact +592 600-7022 or +592 261-2281 -hotlines established at the airport.

The airline said it was providing local assistance.

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