Published on : Saturday, November 10, 2018
A mechanically faulty Fly Jamaica flight which was bound to Toronto made emergency landing and crashed into a fence at Guyana’s main international airport. It left six passengers injured and several other Canadians shaken emotionally.
There were 82 Canadians on board of Fly Jamaica flight OJ256. It experienced a hydraulics failure, soon after departing from Georgetown, Guyana.
According to the Airline officials the Boeing 757-2000 aircraft experienced an emergency within 20 minutes after taking off from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. Upon landing, it skidded off the runway damaging its right wing and engine.
A passenger reported that the flight was facing trouble even before takeoff. Crew members and technicians spent 40 minutes struggling to close a door.
The captain had notified the 128 passengers that there was a hydraulic problem and that they would be returning to the airport. The flight then made several “s-shapes and circles” in the sky, before landing.
The aircraft went to the end of the runway where spikes designed to halt its progress burst several tires. The plane cruised through a chain-link fence before finally coming to a halt at the top of an embankment, accounted a passenger.
Passengers were evacuated through the inflatable slide. The injuries were sustained during the evacuation process.
Fly Jamaica said the airline is currently making arrangements to fly the plane’s passengers out of Guyana. The airport has also set up a hotline for family members looking for assistance and information.