Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Boeing jet crash-lands at Guyana airport, six injured: minister

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GEORGETOWN: A Boeing jetliner carrying 126 people crash-landed at the airport in Guyana’s capital Georgetown on Friday, injuring six people, the transport minister said.

The Fly Jamaica Airways plane was bound for Toronto when it suffered a hydraulic problem shortly after takeoff and returned to the airport, crashing and skidding off the runway, Transportation Minister David Patterson said.

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.

“They are all stable and are being looked at. There were no reports of broken bones,” Patterson told a news briefing at the airport.

The 118 passengers on board the Boeing 757-200 included 82 Canadians. There were eight crew members aboard.

After departing at 2:10 am, the pilot reported a problem with the hydraulic system 10 minutes into the flight.

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