Boeing 757 crash-landing in Guyana injures 6 passengers

Arturo Kim
November 11, 2018

One of its wings and an engine was torn away from the fuselage. Passengers were evacuated safely using mostly emergency chutes.

The pilot of Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 to Toronto, which was carrying 120 passengers and eight crew, requested permission to return to Cheddi Jagan International Airport soon after take-off early on Friday, Guyanese officials said at a news conference.

Bedessee, who was returning home with a friend after a week's golfing vacation, said trouble began on the flight well before takeoff when crew members and technicians spent 40 minutes struggling to close a door.

"They weren't any direct injuries associated with the plane [crashing]; at this point, nothing life-threatening, although we still will look to the results, especially with the persons with spinal injures".

It had taken off not long before heading for Toronto. "I became a bit wary of the whole thing because I could have seen clearly what was happening because I was in the front of the plane", Mr. McDoom said.

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The aircraft went to the end of the runway where spikes created to halt its progress burst several tires, he said, noting that several passengers were screaming and praying by that point.

"I was so afraid and confused", an elderly passenger told News Source.

"There were no broken bones or other serious injuries reported", a statement from the Department of Information said. Six passengers were injured.

They were the first to rush to the scene of the crash to offer help to passengers, but now investigators believe some local firefighters may have also helped themselves to the belongings of the passengers and crew in the process.

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority launched an investigation, and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, which automatically assists with inquiries under worldwide rules, was notified, officials said. Police Commissioner, Leslie James, said there is an adequate number of security personnel at the airport around the crash site. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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