Boeing jet crash-lands at Guyana airport, 6 people injured

Clay Curtis
November 9, 2018

The runway at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) has been opened for limited use, allowing flights scheduled for departure this morning to leave.

The Fly Jamaica Airways plane was bound for Toronto when it suffered a hydraulic problem shortly after takeoff and returned to the airport, crashing and skidding off the runway, Transportation Minister David Patterson said.

One of its wings and an engine was torn away from the fuselage.

All Canadian passengers aboard a Toronto-bound flight with a mechanical problem escaped injury when their plane skidded off the runway at Guyana's main global airport, federal officials said Friday.

St. Lucia News was reporting that six people were injured in the incident, but were stable and being treated at the Diamond Regional Hospital in Georgetown.

Patterson said that the flight departed Guyana at 2:10 am (local time) on Friday and at 2:21 am, the pilot indicated "there was some hydraulic problem and he requested permission to return and he did". "There were no reports of broken bones", Patterson told a news briefing at the airport.

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Moments before that crash, the pilot had reported problems with his Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and had asked to come back to the airport.

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

It reports that there were 82 Canadians on board.

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

The plane crashed into a feance and its front wheel became wedged in a pile of sand that was being used for a runway expansion project. We are providing local assistance and will release further information as soon as it is available'.

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