Fly Jamaica plane crash-lands at Cheddi Jagan Airport, six injured

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 9, 2018

A Fly Jamaica Airways Boeing Co. jet en route to Toronto crash landed after returning to Guyana with a fault.

Six persons were injured and rushed to Diamond Regional Hospital.

Fly Jamaica Airways was certified by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) in September 2012, and was cleared to operate in the United States by U.S. authorities in December.

The aircraft, a Boeing 757-200 according Flightradar 24, was bound for Canada when it suffered a hydraulic issue after take-off, AFP reported, citing Guyana's infrastructure minister, David Patterson.

"They are all stable and are being looked at", Patterson said, adding that all the passengers and crew on board had been accounted for with "no reports of any broken bones or such".

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

About 20 minutes into the flight, the pilot indicated the plane was experiencing problems with its hydraulic system, Guyana officials said at a Friday morning news conference.

Guyanese police and soldiers secured the crash site for investigators to begin working.

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

The plane is a much older model than the Boeing 737 MAX operated by Indonesia's Lion Air that nose-dived into the Java Sea last month, killing 189 passengers and crew. "We are providing local assistance and will release further information as soon as it is available", it added.

Patterson said that the United States' National Transportation Safety Board has been informed.

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