Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 overruns runway at Georgetown Airport

Erika Holt
November 10, 2018

Ten people were injured in scenes described as "chaos" as a Boeing airliner carrying 82 Canadians crash-landed in Guyana's capital Georgetown on Friday, skidding to a halt just before a steep drop.

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

The Boeing 757-200, registered as N524AT, overran the end of the runway and crossed through the airport perimeter fence.

The plane, which had 120 passengers and eight crew members on board, had been in the air for about 20 minutes when the pilot indicated it was experiencing problems with its hydraulic system, Guyana officials said at a news conference.

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

Flight OJ256 took off at 2.10am local time, but at 2.21am the pilot put out a distress call, asking to return to the airport.

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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.

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority is leading an investigation and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, which automatically assists with inquiries under worldwide 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.

"Canadian consular officials are in contact with local authorities and stand ready to provide consular assistance to Canadian citizens if needed".

Boeing Co is looking into the incident, a spokesman said. The runway then was 2,255 metres long, but is now being extended to 3,048 metres.

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