Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Boeing Jet Crash-Lands At Guyana Airport, 6 Injured: Minister

Boeing Jet Crash-Lands At Guyana Airport, 6 Injured: Minister

Ten people were injured in scenes described as "chaos" as a Boeing airliner carrying 126 people, a lot of them Canadians, crash-landed in Guyana's capital Georgetown on Friday (Nov 9), skidding to a halt just before a steep drop.

But while airline officials reported two of the 128 people on the plane were taken to hospital as a precaution, Global Affairs said all Canadians on board were believed to be unhurt.

The flight left from Cheddi Jagan International Airport, near the Guyanese capital of Georgetown, with 120 passengers and eight crew aboard at about 2 a.m. ET.

The pilot reportedly claimed he started to experience technical issues with the hydraulics about 20 minutes into their flight and it forced him to turn around to its departure airport, according to Mr Patterson.

He added that all the persons aboard have been accounted for with minor injuries.

Boeing said it was looking into the incident.

Six passengers were injured. Canadian citizens can contact consular officials at +592-227-2081.

"I'm still shaking, I'm so shocked", the Toronto man said from a Georgetown hotel.

"One of the wings came apart and the engine on the right side actually flipped over and we crashed into a big sand pile at the edge of a cliff".

On landing at 2:53 AM, the emergency services were activated and since then an investigator from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has taken responsibility for the crash site.

"They have been retrieved and will be sent to the National Transportation Safety Board for decoding", Field said.

Fly Jamaica says the plane had problems with its hydraulics and had to return to the airport shortly after takeoff. A spokesman said consular assistance would be available to those who needed it.

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