Bound Fly Jamaica flight makes crash-landing in Guyana

Bound Fly Jamaica flight makes crash-landing in Guyana

The Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana re-opened on Friday morning, just hours after a Fly Jamaica airliner made an emergency landing 45 minutes into its flight to Toronto, Canada.

A spokesman for the airline said it "suffered an accident on landing", but all 118 passengers and eight crew were safe.

St. Lucia News was reporting that six people were injured, but they were stable and being treated at Diamond Regional Hospital in Georgetown.

There were reportedly several United States citizens on board.

The plane landed at Georgetown, Guyana's Cheddi Jagan airport at about 2:53 a.m. local time (1:53 a.m. ET), overshooting a recently extended runway, officials said. One of the aircraft's turbines is seen badly damaged after it apparently hit the barrier.

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Officials at Fly Jamaica said flight OJ256, which was headed to Toronto, had to make an emergency landing because of a technical problem.

Images posted on the airport's Facebook page and various sites showed the Fly Jamaica Airways plane appearing to have gone through a chainlink fence, with one of its engines tilted upward and resting on the fencing.

Bedessee said the incident had left him "very shaken and very, I don't know, nervous". "We are providing local assistance and will release further information as soon as it is available", added the release.

Amid an investigation into what caused a brand-new 737 Max jet to crash in Indonesia, another jet produced by US aerospace and defense company Boeing crash landed in Guyana.

Earlier this week, Boeing sent out a safety bulletin to operators of its 737 Max jets - after a Lion Air flight using this model suffered a fatal crash, killing all 189 people on board.

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