Passenger jet overshoots runway in Guyana, 6 injured

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

After encountering hydraulical problems, the pilots made a decision to return to Georgetown Cheddi Jagan International Airport approximately 45 minutes after takeoff.

A Boeing jetliner carrying 126 people crash-landed at the airport in Guyana's capital Georgetown on Friday, injuring six people, the transport minister said.

The airport said on its Facebook page that the injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening, but otherwise offered no further details on the crash.

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

Bowen said 120 passengers and crew were on the plane.

Airline spokesman Carl Bowen said the Boeing 757-200 aircraft returned to the airport less than 20 minutes after taking off around 2:10 a.m. local time, but overshot the runway upon landing.

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The plane with its eight crew members of six Guyanese and two Jamaicans, also had on board one American, 82 Canadians, 35 Guyanese, one Pakistani and a Trinidadian.

"The reports are of back pain and such, no reports of any broken bones", Minister Patterson said. An emergency inflatable slide had been deployed from one of the front doors.

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority is leading an investigation and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, which automatically assists with inquiries under worldwide rules, was notified, officials said.

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Its right wing and engine were badly damaged. "We are providing local assistance and will release further information as soon as it is available", added the release. The runway then was 7,400 feet (2,255 meters) but is now being extended to 10,000 feet.

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