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

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A Boeing 757 jet has crash-landed at Guyana airport moments after taking off, leaving six people injured.

That included 82 Canadians, one American, 35 Guyanese, one Pakistani and one Trinidadian.

The Boeing 757-200, registered as N524AT, overran the end of the runway and crossed through the airport perimeter fence.

All of the 118 passengers and eight crew members on board are believed to be safe.

Of that number, six persons received minor injuries.

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

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Bowen said two elderly passengers were taken to the hospital as a precaution and the plane was safely evacuated.

Bowen said 120 passengers and crew were on the plane.

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

Fly Jamaica falls under the Wings Aviation company and operates scheduled flights from Guyana to Kingston, Jamaica; Toronto, Canada and New York, United States. Canadian citizens can contact consular officials at +592-227-2081. "We are providing local assistance and will release further information as soon as it is available", it added.

Bedessee said the incident had left him "very shaken and very, I don't know, nervous".

The Minister confirmed the Fly Jamaica flight crashed at the same spot Caribbean Airlines flight crashed in 2011. The runway then was 2,255 metres long, but is now being extended to 3,048 metres.

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