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Boeing 757 crash lands at Guyana airport

Boeing 757 crash lands at Guyana airport
09 Nov
2018

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

The Fly Jamaica plane, bound for Toronto, suffered a hydraulic problem ten minutes after taking off from Georgetown airport at 2.10am and had to turn back.

But while coming into land it overshot the runway, went through a fence and ended up in a large pile of sand, tearing one of its wings and an engine off in the process.

It comes two weeks after another Boeing jet crashed into the ocean off the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 189 passengers and crew.

Moments before that crash, the pilot had reported problems with his Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and had asked to come back to the airport.

Boeing has since issued a warning notice to airlines operating the 737 aircraft about faulty sensors, which were believed to play a pivotal role in the crash.

It is not known exactly what caused the problem with the Fly Jamaica plane, which was a 757-200 model.

There were 118 passengers, two children and eight crew on board the Fly Jamaica jet at the time of the accident, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson said.

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

Six people suffered injuries and were taken to hospital, though it is not known how badly they were hurt.

Flight OJ256 took off at 2.10am local time, but at 2.21am the pilot put out a distress call, asking to return to the airport.

The plane touched down at 2.53am, when it overshot the runway.

A spokesman for Fly Jamaica said: 'We can confirm that Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 bound for Toronto has returned to Georgetown with a technical problem and has suffered an accident on landing.

'At this time, we believe that all 118 passengers and 8 crew members are safe. We are providing local assistance and will release further information as soon as it is available.'

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