Author: MNI Media | Date: 09 November 2018
Six people are reported to have been injured after a Fly Jamaica flight from Guyana's Cheddi Jagan International Airport en route to Toronto's Pearson International Airport, Canada, crash landed after the flight was forced to turn around due to reported technical difficulties.
Flight OJ256 crash landed with 120 passengers and eight crew members onboard, shortly after 1:00AM on Friday, November 9th. The aircraft came to complete stop after spikes laid across the runway by an airport ground crew punctured several of its tires.
According to reports that have now surfaced from the Airport Authorities, just about 11 minutes into the flight, the pilot of the Fly Jamaica flight indicated that the aircraft - a Boeing 757-200 - was experiencing problems with its hydraulic system. The pilot them made a decision to return to Cheddi Jagan, where it crash landed.
A report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) featured reactions from a passenger who was onboard the flight, as being an individual named Invor Bedessee. He was sitting near the cockpit during the flight.
CBC reports Bedessee as stating that "the plane's departure was delayed about 45 minutes as crews addressed a mechanical problem."
He further mentions that once the aircraft had returned to Cheddi Jagan and landed, its brakes were not functioning properly.
"We crashed into a big sand pile at an edge of a cliff. There's a big drop about 30-40 feet [nine to 12 metres] on the other side. If we had 10 more feet [three metres], we would be down in the ditch," he said, adding it's a "miracle of miracles" that no one was more badly hurt during the crash and subsequent evacuation."
The injuries sustained are reported to be non-life-threatening. The passengers are being treated at a local hospital in Guyana.
Fly Jamaica has been providing frequent updates on the situation.