A plane carrying 163 people has crashed and broken in two after landing in rainy conditions at Guyana’s main airport, causing several injuries but no deaths.
The Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737-800 flight from New York was carrying 157 passengers and six crew members to the Cheddi Jagen International airport in Guyana’s capital, Georgetown.
Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo said the plane, which had earlier made a stop in Trinidad, crashed on the runway, just stopping near a 61 metre ravine, which could have resulted in dozens of deaths.
The Aircraft registration 9Y-PBM performing flight BW-523 from Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) to Georgetown (Guyana) with 157 passengers and 6 crew, overran Georgetown’s runway 06 by about 100 meters at 01:32L (05:32Z), broke through the perimeter fence, fell onto a perimeter road and broke up, the front section separating just ahead of the wing root. Seven people were taken to hospitals, two passengers received serious injuries (leg fractures).
The airport is currently closed.
The flight had originated in New York JFK,NY via Port of Spain.
Georgetown’s runway 06/24 is 2270 meters/7450 feet long.
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