Fly Jamaica plane crashes in Guyana airport

A Fly Jamaica aircraft crashed into a fence on the runway of Guyana's main airport early Friday morning.

Six of the 118 passengers on board were badly injured and taken to hospital as all others were evacuated safely.

The injured received treatment at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.

Emergency services at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport were mobilised some 45 minutes after the Fly Jamaica flight had taken off for Canada, as the captain radioed that there were hydraulic problems and they would be returning to the airstrip.

First reports indicate that the plane crashed into a fence at the airport and only came to a halt after encountering a large pile of sand.

The 118 passengers included two infants; eight crew members, six Guyanese and two Jamaicans; one American, 82 Canadians, 35 Guyanese, one Pakistani and one Trinidadian.

The runway was temporarily closed after the Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 crash landed at 2.53 am on Friday.

The relevant overseas authorities have been informed and an investigation is underway.

Anyone seeking further information on relatives on board the Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 can contact +592 600-7022 or +592 261-2281 –hotlines established at the airport.


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