Fly Jamaica Airways Plane En Route To Toronto Crash Lands In Guyana

Lamar Ellis
November 10, 2018

The Fly Jamaica flight bound for Toronto experienced a technical malfunction mid-air, less than 20 minutes after takeoff early on Friday morning.

It says Flight OJ256 "suffered an accident on landing", but offered no other details on the nature of the accident or possible injuries.

Six persons were injured and rushed to Diamond Regional Hospital.

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

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.

The flight reportedly left Guyana at 2:10 am local time today and at 2:21 am, the pilot indicated an hydraulic problem, requesting permission to return.

None of the injuries are life-threatening.

Boeing Co is looking into the incident, a spokesman said.

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"One of the wings came apart and the engine on the right side actually flipped over and we crashed into a big sand pile at the edge of a cliff". Canadian citizens can contact consular officials at +592-227-2081.

"When we landed on the ground, the wheels were still spinning, they were not braking, there was no hydraulic brakes to brake the wheels and then we overshot the runway", the still-shaken passenger said.

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

"I am all safe, but shaking", he wrote in a Facebook post.

The Fly Jamaica plane which was en route to Toronto is said to have developed a "technical problem".

Amid an investigation into what caused a brand-new 737 Max jet to crash in Indonesia, another jet produced by USA aerospace and defense company Boeing crash landed in Guyana.

"We are providing local assistance and will release further information as soon as it is available", they said. The US National Transportation Safety Board was alerted.

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