Passenger jet overshoots runway in Guyana, 6 injured

The Fly Jamaica aircraft crashed upon landing at the CJIA

The Fly Jamaica aircraft crashed upon landing at the CJIA

The Fly Jamaica aircraft crashed upon landing at the CJIA.

A Fly Jamaica Airways plane headed to Toronto and reportedly carrying dozens of Canadians crash landed in Guyana on Friday after reporting a technical problem shortly after takeoff.

It says the Boeing 757 aircraft was forced to return to Cheddi Jagan International Airport minutes after departing for Canada because of technical difficulties and overran the airstrip.

The passengers included a crew of eight, two infants, two Jamaicans nationals, an American, 82 Canadians, 35 Guyanese, a Pakistani and the Trinidadian.

None of the injuries are life-threatening.

Just 11 minutes later, the pilot indicated a hydraulic problem and requested permission to return to the airport.

While the pilot tried to make the emergency landing he was unable to to get the aircraft to cpmpe to a complete stop before reaching the end of the runway.

The plane barrelled through a chain-link fence before finally coming to a halt at the top of an embankment, Bedessee said.

He noted that even though the extended runway was not complete that the sand served as a cushion.

On landing, the emergency services were activated and since then an investigator from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has taken responsibility for the crash site.

Fly Jamaica said the airline is now making arrangements to fly the plane's passengers out of Guyana.

The airline said it was providing local assistance.

Anyone seeking further information on relatives onboard the Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 can contact +592 600-7022 or +592 261-2281 -hotlines established at the airport.

A Guyanese government official is expected to provide an update on the incident at 10 a.m. ET.

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