Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Bound plane with dozens of Canadians on board crashes shortly after takeoff

Bound plane with dozens of Canadians on board crashes shortly after takeoff

But while coming into land it overshot the runway, went through a fence and ended up in a large pile of sand, tearing one of its wings and an engine off in the process.

Minster of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson at an emergency press conference held at the airport, confirmed that 120 persons, including two infants, were onboard the flight destined for Toronto, Canada.

A Fly Jamaica airliner crashed early Friday morning at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, officials said.

Officials said that the injuries are non-life threatening, and those injured are being treated at Diamond Hospital.

The flight reportedly left Guyana at 2:10 a.m. local time Friday and at 2:21 a.m. the pilot indicated a problem with the hydraulics, prompting a request by the crew to return to the airport. "There were no reports of broken bones".

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The Fly Jamaica plane, bound for Toronto, suffered a hydraulic problem ten minutes after taking off from Georgetown airport at 2.10am and had to turn back.

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

The flight, which was heading to Pearson Airport, experienced some technical difficulties and had to return to CJIA. The runway then was 2,255 metres long, but is now being extended to 3,048 metres.

Fly Jamaica released a statement confirming that flight OJ256 "suffered an accident on landing".

The plane with its eight crew members of six Guyanese and two Jamaicans, also had on board one American, 82 Canadians, 35 Guyanese, one Pakistani and a Trinidadian.

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