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

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

Kerry Wise
November 10, 2018

A commercial airliner crash landed at Georgetown Airport in Guyana on Friday morning.

"Then the plane swerved to the right and the right wing was flapping and it ripped apart away from the main fuselage", he said.

At a local press conference, it was announced that there were 82 Canadians on board.

But it overshot the runway and ended up on the grass.

"Everyone was going insane, screaming, crying for their lives, everything", said passenger Invor Bedessee, describing how some people were injured getting off the flight.

The aircraft only came to halt after crashing into a fence and when its front wheel became wedged in a pile of sand being used for the ongoing airport expansion project, at the end of the runway.

A hydraulic problem on the Boeing 757 reportedly forced the pilots to return to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, just over 40 minutes after takeoff.

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Fly Jamaica issued the following statement: "We can confirm that Air Jamaica flight OJ256 bound for Toronto has returned to Georgetown with a technical problem and has suffered an accident on landing".

They were taken to hospital.

There were 118 passengers, two children and eight crew on board the Fly Jamaica jet at the time of the accident, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson said.

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

Boeing said it was looking into the incident.

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.