Bound Fly Jamaica flight makes crash-landing in Guyana

Fly Jamaica aircraft after emergency landing

Fly Jamaica aircraft after emergency landing

A spokesman for Fly Jamaica 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.

In a statement early Friday, the airline said it believes all 120 passengers and eight crew were safe following the crash in Georgetown.

Six persons were injured and rushed to Diamond Regional Hospital.

Among those on board were 35 Guyanese, 82 Canadians, one American citizen, a Trinidadian and one Pakistani.

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

Six passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries when the plane landed about 45 minutes after it departed Cheddi Jagan International Airport at about 2 a.m. local time, they said.

The Fly Jamaica aircraft crashed upon landing at the CJIA.

"I'm still shaking, I'm so shocked", the Toronto man said from a Georgetown hotel. One of the aircraft's turbines is seen badly damaged after it apparently hit the barrier.

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The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority is leading an investigation and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, which automatically assists with inquiries under global rules, was notified, officials said.

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 worldwide airport, federal officials said Friday.

The Airline has since said it is providing local assistance and "will further release information as soon as it is available". The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the United States has been informed as well.

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