Airliner carrying Canadians from Guyana crash lands after technical problem

Airliner carrying Canadians from Guyana crash lands after technical problem
Everything was chaos: Fly Jamaica flight bound for Toronto crash lands in Guyana
Six people were injured after a Fly Jamaica plane on a flight from Guyana to Toronto crash landed overnight at Guyana's Cheddi Jagan International Airport. 

Flight OJ256 left from Cheddi Jagan International Airport, near the Guyanese capital of Georgetown, with 120 passengers — including two infants — and eight crew aboard shortly after 1 a.m. ET. 

Eighty-two of the passengers are Canadian citizens, according to local media reports that cited David Patterson, Guyana's minister of public infrastructure. 

Images posted on the airport’s Facebook page and various sites showed the plane appearing to have gone through a chain link fence, with one of its engines tilted upward and resting on the fencing. An emergency inflatable slide had been deployed from one of the front doors.

About 11 minutes into the flight, the pilot indicated the Boeing 757 was experiencing problems with its hydraulic system, Guyana officials said at a Friday morning news conference. The aircraft returned to Cheddi Jagan, where it crash landed, leaving the runway. 

Images posted on the airport's Facebook page show the plane appearing to have gone through a chain link fence, with one of its engines tilted upward and resting on the fencing. An emergency inflatable slide had been deployed from one of the front doors.

“I am all safe, but shaking,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “We were in the air flying for 15 minutes and captain said there is a hydraulic problem, and turned the plane back … captain dumped fuel and then landed.”

Invor Bedessee was sitting near the cockpit during the flight. According to him, the plane's departure was delayed about 45 minutes as crews addressed a mechanical problem.

Global Affairs confirmed that 82 Canadians were on the Fly Jamaica aircraft when it made an emergency landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Georgetown, Guyana, damaging the aircraft’s right wing and engine.

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Takeoff was smooth, but other passengers became anxious after the pilot revealed they were returning to Georgetown. 

Bedessee said it seemed that once the aircraft landed, its brakes were not functioning properly. The plane eventually rolled to a stop after a spiked rumble strip laid across the runway by an airport ground crew punctured several tires on its right side. 

"We crashed into a big sand pile at an edge of a cliff. There's a big drop about 30-40 feet [nine to 12 metres] on the other side. If we had 10 more feet [three metres], we would be down in the ditch," he said, adding it's a "miracle of miracles" that no one was more badly hurt during the crash and subsequent evacuation. 

She is in the hospital. She is complaining of her back and head hurting her and her blood pressure is really high. But she said everything is OK and she is OK, Rabina Reopnarine said.

Rabina Roopnarine awoke to a call from her mother, Bebe Ali, who was among those on the plane. Ali, a resident of Toronto, flew to Georgetown two weeks ago for her brother's funeral. She was supposed to land at Pearson International Airport at 7 a.m. ET. Friday.

In a statement, the airline said flight OJ256 left the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Georgetown at around 2 a.m. local time and reported a hydraulic failure a short time later.

Fly Jamaica 757 badly damaged in landing accident

Ali used a flight attendant's cellphone to contact her daughter from the hospital shortly after the crash landing. Roopnarine said she was told the plane was filled with smoke and passengers were trying to force their way off.

Local police have cordoned off part of the airport and an investigation into the circumstances of the incident is underway, according to officials. A representative from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is expected to assist in the probe. 

The passenger said he noticed they were circling above the Atlantic Ocean for approximately 10 minutes before the captain came on the intercom to tell them there were hydraulic problems and they would be returning to the airport. He said they overshot the runway and the crew seemed to have trouble stopping the plane after they landed.

Boeing 757 Crash in Guyana Injures Six Passengers: AFP

Patterson is expected to provide an update on the incident at some point on Friday. The airport has also set up a hotline for family members looking for assistance and information.

Update Authorities report Fly Jamaica #OJ256 to Toronto returned soon after departure with a hydraulic problem. After landing suffered a runway overrun. 118 adults, 2 infants & 8 crew on board. 6 with minor injuries. Airport has reopened. Some flights delayed. �� Gordon Moseley pic.twitter.com/6NZuFKAuCD

Boeing jet crash-lands at Guyana airport, 6 people injured (PHOTOS)

In a Facebook post, Fly Jamaica said it is currently contacting customers to make arrangements for their return to Toronto.

Fly Jamaica #OJ256 to Toronto returned to Georgetown, Guyana shortly after departure with a mechanical issue and went off the end of the runway after landing. Local media report 120 people on board; some hurt. �� NewsRoom Guyana pic.twitter.com/Ont5RlOUp5

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Eventually, Bedessee said the aircraft ran over spikes on the ground intended to stop planes and two or three tires burst. He also said the planes right wing broke off and the plane swerved to the right and crashed into a sand ditch.

Six people were injured after a Fly Jamaica flight carrying 82 Canadians bound for Toronto crash-landed in Guyana following a technical problem on the plane that one passenger described as a very scary experience.

A Fly Jamaica Boeing 757-200 aircraft, which overshot the runway, sits at the northeastern takeoff end of the runway at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, in Georgetown, Guyana, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Adrian Narine)

Six injured as Fly Jamaica aircraft makes emergency landing in Guyana

Global Affairs Canada confirmed to CTV News that 82 of the 128 passengers on Flight OJ256 were Canadian. The agency said they have no reports of any Canadian citizens being injured in the accident.

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The Boeing 757 aircraft left Georgetown, Guyana just after 2 a.m. local time Friday morning, according to a press release from the airline.

Airline spokesperson Carl Bowen said the pilot reported a hydraulic failure emergency shortly after its departure from Cheddi Jagan International Airport.

The aircraft returned to the airport less than 20 minutes after takeoff, the spokesperson told The Associated Press.

Guyana plane crash: Fly Jamaica passengers injured after jet overshoots runway

The plane overran the end of the runway and made a crash landing, CTV Torontos Tom Podolec reported.

The airline said in a statement this morning that it believes all 128 people on board were safe following the crash.

Bowen said the aircrafts right wing and engine were badly damaged after the plane eventually came to a halt at the northeastern takeoff end of the runway.

Invor Bedessee, a passenger on the plane, said their flight had been delayed for 45 minutes because the aircrafts front left door would not close properly.

Images posted on the airports Facebook page and various sites showed the plane appearing to have gone through a chain link fence, with one of its engines tilted upward and resting on the fencing. An emergency inflatable slide had been deployed from one of the front doors.

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It took the maintenance crew about 45 minutes to get the door problem fixed, he told CTV News Channel from Guyana. After they gave us the all-clear, we taxied to the runway and flew away.

The passenger said he noticed they were circling above the Atlantic Ocean for approximately 10 minutes before the captain came on the intercom to tell them there were hydraulic problems and they would be returning to the airport. He said they overshot the runway and the crew seemed to have trouble stopping the plane after they landed.

I am all safe, but shaking, he wrote in a Facebook post. We were in the air flying for 15 minutes and captain said there is a hydraulic problem, and turned the plane back … captain dumped fuel and then landed.

Eventually, Bedessee said the aircraft ran over spikes on the ground intended to stop planes and two or three tires burst. He also said the planes right wing broke off and the plane swerved to the right and crashed into a sand ditch.

Global Affairs confirmed that 82 Canadians were on the Fly Jamaica aircraft when it made an emergency landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Georgetown, Guyana, damaging the aircrafts right wing and engine.

If the plane had travelled three more metres, Bedessee said they would have went over the edge of a hill and fallen approximately nine to 12 metres.

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I am shaken, he told CTVs Your Morning. We were saved on top of the edge of the cliff. It was a very scary flight.

Pic of @flyjamaica_air flight that crash landed in Guyana while en route to @TorontoPearson. 82 Canadians on-board, but airline says no serious injuries. Hotlines set up for family/friends: +592-261-2281 or +592-600-7022 @CityNews pic.twitter.com/zetMHEjvIk

Bedessee said he thought he might die and said his fellow passengers were also terrified during the ordeal.

A hotline has been set up for family members looking for information at +592-261-2281 or +592-600-7022. Canadian citizens can contact consular officials at +592-227-2081.

There was praying. There was cursing. Everything was chaos, he recalled. They just wanted to get off the plane, get off the plane, fast, fast, fast.

Cheddi Jagan International said six people were injured and were being treated at Diamond Hospital. The airport said the injuries were not life-threatening.

She is in the hospital. She is complaining of her back and head hurting her and her blood pressure is really high. But she said everything is OK and she is OK, Rabina Reopnarine said. She just wants to come home.

The Fly Jamaica Airways plane was bound for Toronto when it suffered a hydraulic problem shortly after takeoff and returned to the airport, crashing and skidding off the runway, Transportation Minister David Patterson said.

Fly Jamaica plane carrying 126 people crash lands in Guyana leaving at least six injured

The airline spokesperson said theyre making alternative arrangements to fly out the rest of the passengers.

“At this time, we believe that all 118 passengers and eight crew members are safe. We are providing local assistance and will release further information as soon as it is available,” it added.

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Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson is expected to provide an update on the incident at 9 a.m. ET, the airport said.

“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,” the airline said.

Boeing jet crash lands in Guyana

Update Authorities report Fly Jamaica #OJ256 to Toronto returned soon after departure with a hydraulic problem. After landing suffered a runway overrun. 118 adults, 2 infants & 8 crew on board. 6 with minor injuries. Airport has reopened. Some flights delayed. �� Gordon Moseley pic.twitter.com/6NZuFKAuCD

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

Fly Jamaica #OJ256 to Toronto returned to Georgetown, Guyana shortly after departure with a mechanical issue and went off the end of the runway after landing. Local media report 120 people on board; some hurt. �� NewsRoom Guyana pic.twitter.com/Ont5RlOUp5

He said the injuries were not life-threatening and the wounded were taken to a hospital near the airport in this country bordering Venezuela to the east.

A Fly Jamaica Boeing 757-200 aircraft, which overshot the runway, sits at the northeastern takeoff end of the runway at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, in Georgetown, Guyana, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Adrian Narine)

Fly Jamaica said Flight OJ256 left Georgetown, Guyana just after 2 a.m. Friday morning. (Cheddi Jagan International Airport / Facebook)

The Boeing 757 planes right wing and engine were badly damaged in the accident. (Cheddi Jagan International Airport / Facebook)