Passenger jet overshoots runway in Guyana, 6 injured

Fly Jamaica aircraft at Cheddi Jagan International Airport

Fly Jamaica aircraft at Cheddi Jagan International Airport

"I became a bit wary of the whole thing because I could have seen clearly what was happening because I was in the front of the plane", Mr. McDoom said. He said he was seated to the front of the aircraft and became anxious as the flight crew appeared to have been experiencing some problems to get the main cabin door closed.

It comes two weeks after another Boeing 757 jet plunged into the ocean off the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 189 passengers and crew. Onboard the flight were 126 passengers, with only six of those passengers suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority is also investigating, with assistance from Fly Jamaica, officials said.

"So far, we have five persons who are under investigation further for spinal injuries..."

Boeing Co is looking into the incident, a spokesman said.

Pictures showed the plane had ground to a halt in the sand just short of a steep incline.

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Just after 5.20pm (local time), a body was seen lying under a white sheet on Bourke Street, near the entrance to Russell Place. The other two are into the hospital including one suffering from a neck injury and is suspected to be in critical condition.

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 careening off the runway.

"I am all safe, but shaking", he wrote in a Facebook post.

Upon landing, the 757 overshot the runway, suffering damage to its starboard wing, engine, and landing gear. "It's like all of my goose bumps are going insane, just it's a shock and awe, more or less", he said.

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

The crash site has been secured by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF). "We are providing local assistance and will release further information as soon as it is available", it added.

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