A Fly Jamaica Boeing 757 airliner heading for Toronto made an emergency landing at the Georgetown, Guyana worldwide airport after the pilot reported problems with the plane's hydraulic system. At this time, we believe that all 118 passengers and 8 crew members are safe.
The Fly Jamaica Airways plane was bound for Toronto when it suffered a hydraulic problem shortly after takeoff and returned to the airport, crashing and skidding off the runway, Transportation Minister David Patterson said.
Six people were reported injured and pictures show substantial damage to the starboard wing and engine.
The passengers included a crew of eight, two infants, two Jamaicans nationals, an American, 82 Canadians, 35 Guyanese, a Pakistani and the Trinidadian.
The flight reportedly left Guyana at 2:10 a.m. local time Friday and at 2:21 a.m. the pilot indicated a problem with the hydraulics, prompting a request by the crew to return to the airport.
Fly Jamaica said the airline is now making arrangements to fly the plane's passengers out of Guyana.
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At least six passengers suffered injuries and were taken to a hospital.
"To date, we have no reports of any Canadian citizens being injured", said government spokesman Philip Hannan in Ottawa.
The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority is leading an investigation and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, which automatically assists with inquiries under global rules, was notified, officials said.
The Fly Jamaica plane which was en route to Toronto is said to have developed a "technical problem". "We are providing local assistance and will release further information as soon as it is available", added the release.
Fly Jamaica Airways was certified by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) in September 2012, and was cleared to operate in the United States by USA authorities in December.