A Boeing 757 airliner overshot the runway during an emergency landing at the Georgetown, Guyana global airport after the pilot reported problems with the plane's hydraulic system. Passengers were evacuated safely using mostly emergency chutes.
The US-based plane manufacturer decided in late 2003 to end production of the 757.
Minister of Transport David Patterson said the plane had been in the air for about 43 minutes when the crew noticed the operational anomaly and chose to head back to base.
In a statement, Jamaica Arlines said: "We can confirm that Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 bound for Toronto has returned to Georgetown with a technical problem and has suffered an accident on landing". The Toronto-bound aircraft had taken off from Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana before it had to return to the airport due to hydraulic issues.
"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 plane overshot a recently extended runway at Georgetown, Guyana's Cheddi Jagan airport when it landed, officials said.
"I was so afraid and confused", an elderly passenger told News Source. The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has launched an investigation into the incident and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has been notified of the incident, in order to support the investigation.
They were the first to rush to the scene of the crash to offer help to passengers, but now investigators believe some local firefighters may have also helped themselves to the belongings of the passengers and crew in the process. Six passengers were injured.
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