Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Guyana: CJIA runway open for limited use following Fly Jamaica plane crash

Guyana: CJIA runway open for limited use following Fly Jamaica plane crash

A Fly Jamaica Boeing 757-200 aircraft overshot the runway at Guyana's main worldwide airport early Friday, injuring several people.

The Fly Jamaica plane which was en route to Toronto is said to have developed a "technical problem".

In July 2011, a Boeing 737-800 aircraft belonging to Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines crashed at the same airport after landing too far down the runway and running out of braking space, injuring several people.

It returned to Georgetown's Cheddi Jagan International Airport just before 2am local time (6am GMT).

Flight Alerts, a Twitter account monitoring aircraft, reported the plane overshot the runway and crashed into a fence.

It says the Boeing 757 aircraft was forced to return to Cheddi Jagan International Airport minutes after departing for Canada because of technical difficulties and overran the airstrip.

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The airport said on its Facebook page that the injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening.

Guyana's Transportation Minister David Patterson said those hurt in the incident had been taken to hospital.

About 20 minutes into the flight, the pilot indicated the plane was experiencing problems with its hydraulic system, Guyana officials said at a Friday morning news conference.

It reports that there were 82 Canadians on board. However, the extended runway has not been open yet and was not available for the emergency landing.

On landing, the emergency services were activated and since then an investigator from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has taken responsibility for the crash site.

It comes two weeks after another Boeing 757 jet plunged into the ocean off the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 189 passengers and crew.

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