Friday, 16 November, 2018

Multiple passengers injured after Fly Jamaica jet overshoots runway, crashes

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The flight was departing from Georgetown, Guyana at 2am local time and was meant to land in Toronto, Canada.

Global Affairs confirmed that 82 Canadians were on the Fly Jamaica aircraft when it made an emergency landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Georgetown, Guyana, damaging the aircraft's right wing and engine.

He said the injuries were not life-threatening and the wounded were taken to a hospital near the airport in this country bordering Venezuela to the east.

The plane was carrying 120 passengers including two infants, plus eight crew members. "We were in the air flying for 15 minutes and captain said there is a hydraulic problem, and turned the plane back. captain dumped fuel and then landed". An emergency inflatable slide had been deployed from one of the front doors.

The relevant overseas authorities have been informed and an investigation is underway.

"They are all stable and are being looked at", Patterson said, adding that all the passengers and crew on board had been accounted for with "no reports of any broken bones or such".

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".

One of the aircraft's turbines is seen badly damaged after it apparently hit the barrier.

A spokesperson for Fly Jamaica said it is providing local assistance for its passengers and "will furhter release information as soon as it is available". The runway then was 2,255 metres long, but is now being extended to 3,048 metres.

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