Fly Jamaica plane overshoots the runway during emergency landing, injuring 6

A Fly Jamaica plane overshot the runway at Guyana’s main international airport Friday, leaving several people injured.

Airline spokesman Carl Bowen told The Associated Press that the plane, which was on its way to Toronto, reported a hydraulic failure emergency shortly after taking off from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and returned after less than 20 minutes.

Bowen said 120 passengers and crew were on the plane. When it landed, the crew was unable to stop the aircraft, which came to a halt at the northeastern takeoff end of the runway, badly damaging the right wing and engine of the Boeing 757-200 aircraft.

Bowen said two elderly passengers were taken to the hospital as a precaution and the plane was safely evacuated.

“We are making alternative arrangements to fly out the passengers,” he told the AP.

Reuters and BBC News report six people in total suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Last week, a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed while traveling from Jakarta to an island off Indonesia’s Sumatra with 189 people on board. There were no survivors. 

In July 2011, a Boeing 737-800 aircraft belonging to Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines crashed at the same airport after landing too far down the runway and running out of braking space, injuring several people. The runway then was 7,400 feet (2,255 meters) but is currently being extended to 10,000 feet.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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