A Fly Jamaica Airways Boeing Co. jet en route to Toronto crash landed after returning to Guyana with a fault.
All Canadian passengers aboard a Toronto-bound flight with a mechanical problem escaped injury when their plane skidded off the runway at Guyana's main global airport, federal officials said Friday.
In a statement early Friday, the airline said it believes all 120 passengers and eight crew were safe following the crash in Georgetown.
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".
"They are all stable and are being looked at", he told reporters. An emergency inflatable slide had been deployed from one of the front doors.
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Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson confirmed that six people were injured during the incident and were being treated at the Diamond Regional Hospital.
The passengers included a crew of eight, two infants, two Jamaicans nationals, an American, 82 Canadians, 35 Guyanese, a Pakistani and the Trinidadian.
Airline spokesman Carl Bowen said the Boeing 757-200 aircraft returned to the airport less than 20 minutes after taking off around 2:10 a.m. local time, but overshot the runway upon landing.
On landing, one of the right engine and landing gear broke off.
Fly Jamaica falls under the Wings Aviation company and operates scheduled flights from Guyana to Kingston, Jamaica; Toronto, Canada and New York, United States. The runway then was 7,400 feet (2,255 meters) but is now being extended to 10,000 feet.