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Jet overshoots runway in Guyana, several injured

Boeing jet crash-lands at Guyana airport 6 people injured Eric Piermont
Leonard Rios | 11 November, 2018, 18:49

Airline officials said the Boeing 757-2000 aircraft experienced an emergency less than 20 minutes after taking off from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and skidded off the runway upon landing, damaging its right wing and engine. The pilot of the airplane reported a problem with the hydraulic system 10 minutes into the flight.

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. "I became a bit wary of the whole thing because I could have seen clearly what was happening because I was in the front of the plane", Mr. McDoom said. About six were people were taken to state hospitals for emergency treatment, related mostly to back injuries "and we are making alternative arrangements to fly out the passengers".

"Canadian consular officials are in contact with local authorities and stand ready to provide consular assistance to Canadian citizens if needed". The Boeing 757 involved in the incident was originally delivered to ATA Airlines in 1999 and is registered as N524AT.

A BOEING jet has crash-landed at Guyana airport after experiencing mechanical problems, injuring six people.

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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 careening off the runway.

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

"I'm still shaking, I'm so shocked", the Toronto man said from a Georgetown hotel.

The crash site has been secured by the Guyana Defence Force and the Guyana Police Force. The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has launched an investigation into the incident and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has been notified of the incident, in order to support the investigation.

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