GEORGETOWN, Guyana – All Canadian passengers aboard a Toronto-bound flight with a mechanical problem released damage when their plane hit…
GEORGETOWN, Guyana – All Canadian passengers aboard a Toronto-bound flight with a mechanical problem released damage when their plane hit the track at Guyana’s main international airport, Federal officials said Friday.
Global Affairs confirmed that 82 Canadians were on the flight of Jamaica aircraft when it made an emergency landing at Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Georgetown, Guyana, which injured the airplane’s right wing and engine.
But while airline officials reported that two of the 128 people in the plane were in hospital. As a precautionary measure, global affairs said all Canadians on board believed to be undamaged. One spokesman said that consular assistance would be available to those who needed it.
Invor Bedessee, a resident of Toronto, went to social media shortly after the event to send an account about his flight.
“I’m sure but shaking” he wrote in a Facebook post. “We were in the air flying for 15 minutes and the captain said there was a hydraulic problem, and turned the plane back … the captain dumped fuel and then landed.”
Aviation spokesperson Carl Bowen said that the Boeing 757-200 aircraft returned to the airport less than 20 minutes after leaving around 02:10 local time, but exceeded the landing run on landing.
Pictures published on the Facebook page of the airport and different locations showed that the plane turned out to have crossed a chain link fence with one of its engines leaning upwards and resting on the fencing.
I’m sure, but shook
Bowen said that two elderly passengers were taken to the hospital as a precaution and the planet was evacuated safely.
“We make alternative arrangements for flying out passengers,” he said.
The airport said on its Facebook page that the damage was considered to be life-threatening, but no further details about the crash were offered. 19659002] Guyana’s public infrastructure minister, David Patterson, planned to give a detailed report on the event Friday. The airport has also created a hotline for family members seeking help and information.
The event is not the first at Guyana’s largest airport.
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 ran out of the braking system and injured several people. The track was then 2.25 meters long, but is currently extended to 3,048 meters.
With files from Associated Press