Fly Jamaica flight makes emergency landing at Guyana airport

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The Fly Jamaica aircraft that requested an emergency landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Friday morning (DPI photo)

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (DPI) — Fly Jamaica flight OJ256, which departed the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana for Toronto, Canada, at 2:10 on Friday morning, declared an emergency landing 43 minutes into the flight.

The flight, which was estimated to arrive at its designation at 6:55 am, immediately requested permission to return to the CJIA airport and subsequently landed at 2:53 am.

On board were 120 persons: 118 passengers, two infants and eight crew members (six Guyanese, two Jamaicans). All persons on board have been accounted for. There were 35 Guyanese, one Trinidadian, 82 Canadians, one Pakistani and 11 American citizens on board.

There were no broken bones or other serious injuries reported; however, six passengers suffered minor injuries due to the impact to the back of the aircraft. They were taken to Diamond Diagnostic Hospital.

All of the baggage was secured and the aircraft’s hold was not breached.

Minister of public infrastructure, David Patterson, and minister within the ministry of public infrastructure, Annette Ferguson, were both on location.

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