Fly Jamaica crash lands in Guyana, several injured

The Fly Jamaica aircraft crashed upon landing at the CJIA

The Fly Jamaica aircraft crashed upon landing at the CJIA

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

Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson confirmed that six people were injured during the incident and were being treated at the Diamond Regional Hospital.

'At this time, we believe that all 118 passengers and 8 crew members are safe.

A Fly Jamaica Airways Boeing Co. jet en route to Toronto crash landed after returning to Guyana with a fault. One of the aircraft's turbines is seen badly damaged after it apparently hit the barrier.

The plane is a much older model than the Boeing 737 MAX operated by Indonesia's Lion Air that nose-dived into the Java Sea last month, killing 189 passengers and crew.

It says Flight OJ256 "suffered an accident on landing", but offered no other details on the nature of the accident or possible injuries. "There were no reports of broken bones", Patterson told a news briefing at the airport.

This is the second Boeing aircraft to crash in two weeks.

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

The Airline has since said it is providing local assistance and "will further release information as soon as it is available".

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 US National Transportation Safety Board was alerted.

On June 30, 2011, a Caribbean Airlines plane overshot the runway at Timehri and crash-landed.

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