Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Fly Jamaica flight destined for Toronto suffers accident on landing

Fly Jamaica flight destined for Toronto suffers accident on landing

A commercial airliner crash landed at Georgetown Airport in Guyana on Friday morning.

'At this time, we believe that all 118 passengers and 8 crew members are safe.

It reports that there were 82 Canadians on board.

Flight OJ256 took off at 2.10am local time, but at 2.21am the pilot put out a distress call, asking to return to the airport.

"Everyone was going insane, screaming, crying for their lives, everything", said passenger Invor Bedessee, describing how some people were injured getting off the flight.

Bowen said 120 passengers and crew were on the plane.

Boeing said it was looking into the incident.

"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".

Fly Jamaica also reported that two elderly passengers had been taken to hospital as a precaution after the landing, and Bedessee said any injuries were likely sustained during the evacuation process.

"Canadian consular officials are in contact with local authorities and stand ready to provide consular assistance to Canadian citizens if needed".

The Fly Jamaica plane which was en route to Toronto is said to have developed a "technical problem".

That's when it suffered "an accident on landing", a statement from Fly Jamaica reads.

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority launched an investigation, and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, which automatically assists with inquiries under worldwide rules, was notified, officials said.

Earlier this week, Boeing sent out a safety bulletin to operators of its 737 Max jets - after a Lion Air flight using this model suffered a fatal crash, killing all 189 people on board.

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