6 injured after Fly Jamaica flight headed to Toronto crash-lands in Guyana

The Fly Jamaica aircraft crashed upon landing at the CJIA

The runway at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) has been opened for limited use, allowing flights scheduled for departure this morning to leave.

Fly Jamaica Flight 256 headed back to the Guyanan capital Georgetown because of a technical problem, the airline said in a statement on its website, adding that it believes all 118 passengers and 8 crew members are safe.

The Fly Jamaica plane was 20 minutes into a flight from Georgetown, Guyana, to Toronto when the pilot indicated there were problems with the Boeing 757's hydraulic system. One of the aircraft's turbines is seen badly damaged after it apparently hit the barrier.

There were eight crew members aboard. Ali, a resident of Toronto, flew to Georgetown two weeks ago for her brother's funeral.

He said the injuries were not life-threatening and the wounded were taken to a hospital near the airport in this country bordering Venezuela to the east.

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It said Flight OJ256 "suffered an accident on landing", but had no other details on the nature of the accident. "There were no reports of broken bones", Patterson told a news briefing at the airport.

That included 82 Canadians, one American, 35 Guyanese, one Pakistani and one Trinidadian. The Public Infrastructure Minister said the United States' National Transportation Safety Board has been informed.

On June 30, 2011, a Caribbean Airlines plane overshot the runway at Timehri and crash-landed.

A spokesperson for Fly Jamaica said it is providing local assistance for its passengers and "will furhter release information as soon as it is available".

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