A Fly Jamaica Airways plane headed to Toronto and reportedly carrying dozens of Canadians crash landed in Guyana on Friday after reporting a technical problem shortly after takeoff. Passengers were evacuated safely using mostly emergency chutes.
Ten people were injured in scenes described as "chaos" as a Boeing airliner carrying 126 people, majority Canadians, crash-landed in Guyana's capital Georgetown on Friday (Nov 9), skidding to a halt just before a steep drop.
Bedessee says the trouble began before takeoff when crew members spent 45 minutes trying to shut one of the doors. The Toronto-bound aircraft had taken off from Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana before it had to return to the airport due to hydraulic issues.
The police report that while the checked bags were safe in the cargo hold of the plane, some passengers who left their handbags and carry-on pieces in the plane's cabin filed Police complaints about money and gadgets missing from their bags.
Invor Bedessee was among 82 Canadians on Fly Jamaica flight OJ256, which experienced a hydraulics failure moments after departing from Georgetown, Guyana.More news: England declare on 322-6, set Sri Lanka 462 to win
Bedessee says the plane drove over spikes that burst its tires before crashing through a chain-link fence and coming to rest at the edge of a small cliff.
"I was so afraid and confused", an elderly passenger told News Source.
The plane, which had 120 passengers and eight crew members on board, had been in the air for about 20 minutes when the pilot indicated it was experiencing problems with its hydraulic system, Guyana officials said at a news conference.
The flight data recorder and black box had been recovered and were given to the US National Transportation Safety Board for review, Guyanese officials said. Six passengers were injured.
Investigators at the crash site. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.