(Reuters) – A Fly Jamaica Boeing 757 airliner on its way to Toronto made an emergency landing at Georgetown, Guyana airport in early July, after the pilot reported problems with the aircraft's hydraulic system. Six passengers were injured.
The location of an aircraft accident in Fly Jamaica can be seen at the international airport Cheddi Jagan, Guyana, November 9, 2018, in this image obtained via social media Cheddi Jagan International Airport / via REUTERS
The Fly Jamaica flight pilot OJ256, who carried 120 passengers and eight crew members, asked permission to return to Cheddi Jagan International Airport soon after takeoff, said Guyan officials at a press conference.
The plane went past a recently extended runway at Georgetown, Guyana & # 39; s Cheddi Jagan airport when it landed, officials said.
Images on the Facebook page of the airport showed that a damaged Fly Jamaica Airways jet had fallen into a bed of sand off the runway. In one photo, the landing gear of the plane was turned into a twisted wing. (here
Six passengers suffered from non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.
The flight data recorder and the black box had been restored and were given to the US National Transportation Safety Board for assessment, according to Guyanese officials.
The NTSB did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority also investigates, with assistance from Fly Jamaica, officials said. Boeing Co investigates the incident, a spokesman said.
The US-based aircraft manufacturer decided at the end of 2003 to end the production of the 757. It delivered the latest model of the aircraft to Shanghai Airlines in 2005, covering a 23-year production run for a pillar of transatlantic routes and cross-continental routes. American flights.
The jet involved in the incident is just over 19 years old, according to Airfleets.net, and has been flown by Fly Jamaica since 2013. It was previously used by seven airlines, including American Trans Air.
In 2011, a packed jet of Caribbean Airlines slipped off the runway at Guyana airport while it landed and then broke in half at the edge of a ravine, injuring several passengers. There was no extended runway at that time.
Georgetown is the capital of Guyana, a country of about 778,000 in the northeastern corner of South America between Venezuela, Suriname and Brazil.
Last week, an Indonesian passenger plane crashed into the sea shortly after take-off from Jakarta and killed all 189 people on board.
Reporting by Tracy Rucinski in Chicago and Brendan O & # 39; Brien in Milwaukee; Additional reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Edited by Bernadette Baum and Jeffrey Benkoe