Fly Jamaica flight to Toronto crash lands at airport in Guyana

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A Toronto-bound Fly Jamaica airplane is seen after crash-landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Georgetown, Guyana on November 9, 2018.

The 118 passengers on board the Boeing 757-200 included 82 Canadians.

The runway at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) has been opened for limited use, allowing flights scheduled for departure this morning to leave.

A hydraulic problem on the Boeing 757 reportedly forced the pilots to return to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, just over 40 minutes after takeoff.

Six passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Fly Jamaica said the airline is now making arrangements to fly the plane's passengers out of Guyana.

"To date, we have no reports of any Canadian citizens being injured", said government spokesman Philip Hannan in Ottawa.

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He says he's still shaken up after the crash, which officials say sent two people to hospital.

"One of the wings came apart and the engine on the right side actually flipped over and we crashed into a big sand pile at the edge of a cliff".

Images posted on the airport's Facebook page showed the nose of the Fly Jamaica Airways plane resting against a perimeter fence.

Officials at Fly Jamaica said flight OJ256, which was headed to Toronto, had to make an emergency landing because of a technical problem.

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

On landing at 2:53 AM, the emergency services were activated and since then an investigator from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has taken responsibility for the crash site. The US National Transportation Safety Board was alerted.

"We are providing local assistance and will release further information as soon as it is available", they said.

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