Passenger jet overshoots runway in Guyana, 6 injured

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The Fly Jamaica Airways flight OJ 256 crashed at Georgetown Cheddi Jagan with 120 passengers including two infants on board.

Guyana's public infrastructure minister, David Patterson, planned to provide a detailed report on the incident Friday.

It returned to Georgetown's Cheddi Jagan International Airport just before 2am local time (6am GMT).

The Jamaica Airlines flight, bound for Toronto, suffered hydraulic issues while taking off from Georgetown airport and had to turn round and make an emergency landing.

The injured received treatment at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.

The plane with its eight crew members of six Guyanese and two Jamaicans, also had on board one American, 82 Canadians, 35 Guyanese, one Pakistani and a Trinidadian. When it landed, the crew was unable to stop the aircraft, which came to a halt at the northeastern takeoff end of the runway, badly damaging its right wing and engine.

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He noted that even though the extended runway was not complete that the sand served as a cushion.

Fly Jamaica is an airline headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica and commenced operations in 2013.

On landing, the emergency services were activated and since then an investigator from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has taken responsibility for the crash site.

A spokesperson for Fly Jamaica said it is providing local assistance for its passengers and "will furhter release information as soon as it is available".

"We are making alternative arrangements to fly out the passengers", he said. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

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