Guyana: CJIA runway open for limited use following Fly Jamaica plane crash


A Fly Jamaica flight from Georgetown, Guyana to Toronto made an emergency landing on Friday.

Fly Jamaica Airways was certified by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) in September 2012, and was cleared to operate in the United States by USA authorities in December.

When the plane landed, the pilots had trouble stopping it and it eventually came to a halt at the end of the runway.

"Everyone was going insane, screaming, crying for their lives, everything", said passenger Invor Bedessee, describing how some people were injured getting off the flight.

The Boeing 757 aircraft with 118 adults and two infants on board was forced to return to the CJIA minutes after its departure for Canada because of technical difficulties and over ran the airstrip on the emergency landing.

Guyana's public infrastructure minister, David Patterson, planned to provide a detailed report on the incident Friday.

After departing at 2:10 am (0610 GMT), the pilot reported a problem with the hydraulic system 10 minutes into the flight. The crew comprised of six Guyanese and two Jamaicans.

The plane struck a fence and a heap of sand before coming to a stop at around 2.53a.m.

The Minister confirmed the Fly Jamaica flight crashed at the same spot Caribbean Airlines flight crashed in 2011. However, he noted that the extended runway, though not opened at the time, served to cushion the impact.

The airline said it was providing local assistance.

In the meantime, Fly Jamaica is tasked with taking care of its passengers. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of, its sponsors or advertisers.