A Fly Jamaica Airways plane headed to Toronto and reportedly carrying dozens of Canadians crash landed in Guyana on Friday after reporting a technical problem shortly after takeoff.
Numerous passengers who escaped from the wreck unhurt recounted that even before the aircraft departed Guyana, it appeared to have had some problems with its main passenger door.
Ten people were injured in scenes described as "chaos" as a Boeing airliner carrying 126 people, a lot of them Canadians, crash-landed in Guyana's capital Georgetown on Friday (Nov 9), skidding to a halt just before a steep drop. Bedessee said takeoff had been delayed by about 45 minutes because one of the left-side doors had "not closed properly" and a maintenance crew was called to fix the problem.
He recalled that it was not too long after take off that the Captain of the plane announced that there was now an issue with the airplane's hydraulics system and he would need to return to Guyana.
The plane overshot a recently extended runway at Georgetown, Guyana's Cheddi Jagan airport when it landed, officials said.
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Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson told reporters that the full investigation has been launched.
The crash site has been secured by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).
The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority launched an investigation, and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, which automatically assists with inquiries under global rules, was notified, officials said. "However, six passengers suffered minor injuries due to the impact to the back of the aircraft".
The passengers - 82 Canadians, 35 Guyanese, one Pakistani, a Trinidadian and an American - along with six crew members from Guyana and two from Jamaica, departed the CJIA at 2:10 a.m. and were heading to Toronto, Canada, when the Boeing 757 plane began experiencing technical difficulties.
Investigators at the crash site. They all made it out of the aircraft safely.