Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Officials say Fly Jamaica aircraft overshoots runway, multiple injured

Officials say Fly Jamaica aircraft overshoots runway, multiple injured

A hydraulic problem on the Boeing 757 reportedly forced the pilots to return to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, just over 40 minutes after takeoff.

The plane touched down at 2.53am, when it overshot the runway.

All of the 118 passengers and eight crew members on board are believed to be safe. They were safely evacuated after landing.

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

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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".

Georgetown's Cheddi Jagan International Airport is now undergoing a modernization and expansion. However, he noted that the extended runway, though not opened at the time, served to cushion the impact.

In July 2011, a Boeing 737-800 aircraft belonging to Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines crashed at Cheddi Jagan after landing too far down the runway and running out of braking space, injuring several people.

Boeing delivered the final 757 in 2005 after more than two decades of production that saw the longest-ever single-aisle airliner become a mainstay of trans-Atlantic routes and cross-continental flights in the U.S.

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Patterson said that the United States' National Transportation Safety Board has been informed. There were reportedly several U.S. citizens on board.

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A spokesperson for Fly Jamaica said it is providing local assistance for its passengers and "will furhter release information as soon as it is available".

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