Bound flight crash lands in Guyana

Bound flight crash lands in Guyana

A spokesman for Fly Jamaica 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.

Six passengers suffered nonlife-threatening injuries when the plane landed about 45 minutes after it departed Cheddi Jagan International Airport at about 2 a.m. local time (0600 GMT), hesaid.

There were 82 Canadians on board on the plane, which was carrying 118 people, two infants and eight crew members.

Global Affairs Canada had no immediate comment on the crash.

"I am all safe, but shaking", he wrote in a Facebook post. "It's just a shock through my body ..."

Invor Bedessee, a Toronto resident, took to social media shortly after the incident to post an account of his flight.

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The flight reportedly left Guyana at 2:10 am local time today and at 2:21 am, the pilot indicated an hydraulic problem, requesting permission to return.

The landing appeared to go smoothly at first, but soon the tires appeared to be "free-wheeling on the tarmac", he said. However, the extended runway has not been open yet and was not available for the emergency landing.

Its right wing and engine were badly damaged.

The aircraft only came to halt after crashing into a fence and when its front wheel became wedged in a pile of sand being used for the ongoing airport expansion project, at the end of the runway. An inflatable slide was then deployed to help passengers evacuate the aircraft.

They were taken to hospital. "They're getting kicked in the back, pushed around, walked over".

The twin-engine jet skidded off the runway, injuring half a dozen people, according to the report. The airport has also set up a hotline for family members looking for assistance and information.

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