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Boeing Jet Crash-Lands At Guyana Airport, 6 Injured: Minister

Boeing Jet Crash-Lands At Guyana Airport, 6 Injured: Minister

The runway at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) has been opened for limited use, allowing flights scheduled for departure this morning to leave.

The plane was carrying 120 passengers including two infants, plus eight crew members. One of the aircraft's turbines is seen badly damaged after it apparently hit the barrier.

Six passengers suffered non-life threatening injuries after a Canada-bound plane crashed shortly after take-off in Guyana's capital.

Six of the 128 people aboard the plane, including crewmembers, were injured in the crash, the minister of public infrastructure, David Patterson, said as cited by local media.

"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".

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Minister Patterson explained that the flight departed the airport at 02:10hrs and at about 02:21grs, the Pilot indicated that he was experiencing hydraulic problems. We are providing local assistance and will release further information as soon as it is available'.

Moments before that crash, the pilot had reported problems with his Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and had asked to come back to the airport. "There were no reports of broken bones", Patterson told a news briefing at the airport.

The passengers included one American, 82 Canadians, 35 Guyanese, one Pakistani and one Trinidadian.

CBC said that a representative from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is expected to assist in the probe.

The plane touched down at 2.53am, when it overshot the runway.


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