Boeing 757 crash-landing in Guyana injures 6 passengers

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Invor Bedessee says he was on board the Toronto-bound Fly Jamaica aircraft that skidded off the runway at Guyana's biggest airport early Friday morning.

The plane was carrying 120 passengers including two infants, plus eight crew members.

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 skidding off the runway, Transportation Minister David Patterson said.

The same source also reported that a total of six people were hurt in the crash, but are stable and being treated at the Diamond Regional Hospital in Georgetown.

Minister Patterson explained that the flight departed the airport at 02:10hrs and at about 02:21grs, the Pilot indicated that he was experiencing hydraulic problems.

None of the injuries are life-threatening.

Six passengers were injured.

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

Fly Jamaica Airways was certified by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) in September 2012, and was cleared to operate in the United States by U.S. authorities in December.

Its right wing and engine were badly damaged.

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.

A statement from Fly Jamaica confirmed a technical problem forced Flight OJ256 to return and "suffered an accident on landing".

A spokesperson for Fly Jamaica said it is providing local assistance for its passengers and "will furhter release information as soon as it is available".

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