Guyana: Six injured after Fly Jamaica plane crash-lands

(CMC) – The Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) re-opened on Friday, a few hours after a Fly Jamaica airliner made an emergency landing 45 minutes into its flight to Toronto, Canada.

“We can confirm that Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 bound for Toronto has returned to Georgetown with a technical problem and has suffered an accident on landing. At this time, we believe that all 118 passengers and 8 crew members are safe. We are providing local assistance and will release further information as soon as it is available,” the carrier said in a statement.

Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson confirmed that six people were injured during the incident and were being treated at the Diamond Regional Hospital.

“They are all stable and are being looked at,” Patterson said, adding that all the passengers and crew on board had been accounted for with “no reports of any broken bones or such”.

The Boeing 757 aircraft with 118 adults and two infants on board was forced to return to the CJIA minutes after its departure for Canada because of technical difficulties and over ran the airstrip on the emergency landing.

“Where the aircraft veered off is about the exact same place the Caribbean Airlines (plane did)… so fortunately for us on this occasion, the extension (of the runway) was there so they were able to utilise the extension,” Patterson said, adding that investigations into the matter had already started.