Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 overruns runway at Georgetown Airport

Hannah Rogers
November 9, 2018

A commercial airliner crash landed at Georgetown Airport in Guyana on Friday morning.

As such, preparations were made for an emergency landing but the Pilot was unable to get the aircraft to an absolute stop before the end of the runway.

Six of the 128 people aboard the plane, including crewmembers, were injured in the crash, the minister of public infrastructure, David Patterson, said as cited by local media.

Other sources also told Demerara Waves Online News that a number of crew members and passengers have also claimed items, including passports, electronic devices have been stolen.

"Where the aircraft veered off is about the exact same place the Caribbean Airlines (plane did)... so fortunately for us on this occasion, the extension (of the runway) was there so they were able to utilise the extension", Patterson said, adding that investigations into the matter had already started.

Officials at Fly Jamaica said flight OJ256, which was headed to Toronto, had to make an emergency landing because of a technical problem.

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Bedessee said takeoff had been delayed by about 45 minutes because one of the left-side doors had "not closed properly" and a maintenance crew was called to fix the problem. A spokesman said consular assistance would be available to those who needed it.

Police and fire officials said at least nine fire fighters were being questioned by investigators in connection with the reported theft.

At a local press conference, it was announced that there were 82 Canadians on board.

"One of the wings came apart and the engine on the right side actually flipped over and we crashed into a big sand pile at the edge of a cliff".

Boeing said it was looking into the incident.

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