Guyana plane crash: Six injured on Air Jamaica flight

Fly Jamaica is an airline headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica and commenced operations in 2013.

A Fly Jamaica Airways plane headed to Toronto and reportedly carrying dozens of Canadians crash landed in Guyana on Friday after reporting a technical problem shortly after takeoff.

The flight, which was heading to Pearson Airport, experienced some technical difficulties and had to return to CJIA.

The 118 passengers on board the Boeing 757-200 included 82 Canadians.

All passengers on board survived and six people suffered only minor injuries.

The aircraft went to the end of the runway where spikes created to halt its progress burst several tires, he said, noting that several passengers were screaming and praying by that point. The crew comprised of six Guyanese and two Jamaicans.

Pictures showed the plane had ground to a halt in the sand just short of a steep incline.

The Minister confirmed that the Fly Jamaica flight crashed at the same point where a Caribbean Airlines flight crashed in 2011.

On landing, the emergency services were activated and since then an investigator from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has taken responsibility for the crash site. A spokesman said consular assistance would be available to those who needed it. A hotline has been set up for family members looking for information at +592-261-2281 or +592-600-7022.

"They are all stable and are being looked at", Patterson said, adding that all the passengers and crew on board had been accounted for with "no reports of any broken bones or such".

A Guyanese government official is expected to provide an update on the incident at 10 a.m. ET.

  • Rogelio Becker