Plane overshoots runway in Guyana after emergency landing

  • 10/11/2018
Plane overshoots runway in Guyana after emergency landing
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A  Boeing 757 airliner overshot the runway during an emergency landing at the Georgetown, Guyana international airport after the pilot reported problems with the plane's hydraulic system.

Six passengers were injured.

The pilot of Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 to Toronto, which was carrying 120 passengers and eight crew, requested permission to return to Cheddi Jagan International Airport soon after take-off early on Friday, Guyanese officials said at a news conference.

The plane overshot a recently extended runway at Georgetown, Guyana's Cheddi Jagan airport when it landed, officials said.

Images posted on the airport's Facebook page showed a damaged Fly Jamaica Airways jet resting in a bed of sand off the runway. In one photo, the aircraft's landing gear was upturned into a mangled wing.

Plane overshoots runway in Guyana after emergency landing
Photo credit: Supplied

Six passengers suffered non-life threatening injuries, officials said.

The flight data recorder and black box had been recovered and were given to the US National Transportation Safety Board for review, Guyanese officials said.

The NTSB did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority is also investigating, with assistance from Fly Jamaica, officials said. Boeing is looking into the incident, a spokesman said.

The US-based plane manufacturer decided in late 2003 to end production of the 757. It delivered the last model of the aircraft to Shanghai Airlines in 2005, capping a 23-year production run for a mainstay of trans-Atlantic routes and cross-continental US flights.

The jet involved in the incident is just over 19 years old, according to, and has been flown by Fly Jamaica since 2013. It was previously used by seven airlines including American Trans Air.