Boeing jet crash-lands at Guyana airport, 6 people injured

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A Fly Jamaica Boeing 757-200 aircraft overshot the runway at Guyana's main worldwide airport early Friday, injuring several people. At this time, we believe that all 118 passengers and 8 crew members are safe.

It said Flight OJ256 "suffered an accident on landing", but had no other details on the nature of the accident.

Those injured are in non-life-threatening condition and being treated in hospital.

It reports that there were 82 Canadians on board.

The flight left from Cheddi Jagan International Airport, near the Guyanese capital of Georgetown, with 120 passengers and eight crew aboard at about 2 a.m. ET.

Airline spokesman Carl Bowen said the plane, which was on its way to Toronto, reported a hydraulic failure emergency shortly after taking off from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and returned after less than 20 minutes.

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In 2011, a Caribbean Airlines jet carrying 163 people crashed as it landed at the Guyana airport, injuring several passengers.

Of that number, six persons received minor injuries.

Images posted on the airport's Facebook page and various sites showed the Fly Jamaica Airways plane appearing to have gone through a chainlink fence, with one of its engines tilted upward and resting on the fencing.

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

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority launched an investigation, and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, which automatically assists with inquiries under worldwide rules, was notified, officials said. The US National Transportation Safety Board was alerted. "We are providing local assistance and will release further information as soon as it is available", it added.