A Fly Jamaica flight from Guyana to Toronto crash landed overnight at Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport, injuring six people. Eighty-two of the passengers are reported to be Canadian citizens.
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an airliner carrying a hundred and twenty eight people 82 of them Canadians has crash-landed in South America the fly Jamaica plane had just left Guyana it was headed to Toronto when the pilot reported an emergency now the flight was able to circle back to that airport in Georgetown but it overshot the runway when it landed I can tell you six people were hurt we have gotten a touch of FATA watching this story closely looking for all developments Natasha what's the latest socio Hannah's you've mentioned six people were injured in that flight as it crashed landed in to Diana's main International Airport in Georgetown so we know that 120 passengers were on board including two infants 8 crew members and 82 Canadians now this fly Jamaica flight was meant to leave Guyana early this morning make its way to Toronto when something went terribly wrong we know that the flight was initially delayed for takeoff then it took off at around 2:00 in the morning and according to one of the passengers it was spinning in circles it wasn't taking off in the way it was meant to and then shortly after takeoff the pilot went on board the intercom and said that there were hydraulics issues and that they would have to make an emergency landing back in Guyana so he radioed back they started making their way there and then seemingly according to one passenger they landed safely but then the wheels weren't working and they couldn't bring the plane to a stop and they were spinning right off the runway and that's when things got very scary for those on board let's have a listen to that passenger we overshot the runway and at the end there's a whole bunch of spikes and we got two flat tires and three tires of blown up blown out and the plane shifted to the right 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 an edge of a cliff with there's a big drop about 30 40 feet on the other side if we had 10 more feet where were being down in the cliff not in the ditch though it's a miracle of our miracles and after that plane landed he said that's when people started screaming and and cursing and they were told they needed to evacuate the flight and he says it's there that most of the injuries took place it wasn't because of that erratic landing and spinning off the runway it was because there was so much chaos getting out of the plane that people were injured going down those slides we know of at least two elderly passengers who were taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution six injuries none of them particularly seriously and the crew members say that everyone was evacuated safely the local police are looking into this part of the airport has been cut off as the investigation moves forward and the US National Transportation Safety Board is now also involved looking into this into finding out exactly what went wrong in the meantime all those passengers that were hoping to be back in Toronto they have to make alternative arrangements and the airport as well as the plane provider is saying that they'll try and support them and some of them might be afraid to get on a plane right away I mean their hearts must have been pounding thank you Natasha and you just heard a bit there from in verba Dessie one of those Canadians on board that flight he spoke with CBC's Heather Hiscox from his hotel in Georgetown here is their full conversation I am very shaken and very I don't know nervous and just a lot of emotions going through me it's like all my goosebumps are going to going crazy it just doesn't shock it off more or less I'm very glad that you're well and able to talk to me and what we're going to do is let's just go through step by step through this story so we can get your account you're the first person we've heard on this so early in the morning you were sitting in the front of the plane to book 210 when the plane took off but was there anything unusual either at the time of takeoff or prior to takeoff that made you give pause yes there was the we're scheduled to leave at 1:30 everyone was boarded and ready to go but they had some issues on one of the try one of the left side front doors it will not close properly we're not clear the signal so after they call that maintenance crew took them about 45 minutes that's why the delay was to fix the problem and after the that problems fix we are clear to take off them and once we got clear to take off we flew about 15 10 15 minutes in the air just over the Atlantic Ocean and we circling around for a few times I noticed and the captain announced there's some hydraulic issue or hydraulic problem has a return to the airport okay let me let me jump in there for just a second so that's what we understand was the problem he radioed in he'd had a problem with the hydraulic system and he did announce that over the loudspeaker to the passengers it is yes that's correct and then what did people do when they heard there was going to be a problem they had and you had to turn around well most of them were sleeping at the time because it was late in the morning right so what that they didn't really pay attention but I can't attention also wide awake and I just kept my eyes more awake see what we were doing and then eventually we got back to the runway and we did a nice landing wasn't a bumpy or nothing out of the ordinary but he turned the reverse thrusters on and then when we landed on the ground the wheels were still spinning they were not braking there was no hydraulic brakes to brake the wheels were stopping and then we overshot the runway and at the end there's a whole bunch of spikes and we got two flat tires and three tires are blown up blown out and the plane shifted to the right 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 an edge of a cliff with there's a big drop about 30 40 feet on the other side if we had 10 more feet where were we down in the cliff not in the ditch that's the miracle of our miracles well it really is okay so okay let's just a look at it Mary we can see we're looking at pictures so you can't tell exactly but we're looking at pictures of the plane now with that front wheel in the sand and then the the cliff is just obviously just in front of the nose there so you're away you come down and a fine landing as you say but you're you're aware that the plane is not coming to a stop and you're blowing through things and what's going through your mind that's coming up at that time and they start cursing that's our pray it was just that wouldn't want to start chaos started going crazy everybody just going crazy screaming no just crying for their lives everything just that's the crazy time it was anybody helping you calm down the the flight attendants or the or the pilots or anything were they were they assisting you at all no I was okay I was comfortable I understand it was happening because I was very close to the front of the plane so when they said everything relax relax we were all relaxed and then the captain announced evacuate and then the door opened announce person off the plane I was in the front business class Row one and I just jumped off and ran for my life slid down the chute and and ran away yeah I ran as far as I can before that plane Prince of the big fireball well thankfully it didn't cuz we can see that plane on the screen but emergency crews were they there waiting for you to help you I know they came about two minutes later I would presume about two minutes three minutes to get to the site because there are Park very far from the terminal at the terminal so where did your away from the plane and was everyone running with you I mean was it a scene of chaos as everyone just tried to get off that as quickly as possible well my group was about 13 passengers and about two crew members and the rest of the crew went on the other side of the plane I went down to the north side of the plane I went in the south side on the ditch side so we are like a small group of us stay together okay we're we're like outside the airport there were friends over we had a defense the the fire guys are the fence to get us back into the airport amazing now six people had injuries and had to be taken to hospital for treatment are you okay yes I'm fine there there were injured because of something on the slide and not getting out the slide in fast enough so people behind them are kicking them and try to get them off anything there was a lot of chaos at the bottom of the slide one of the mentioned that there was smoke in the cabin did you see that at all at any point I well I'd left first I took off and ran but there was smoke where the engine rolled over when I talked about 20 minutes after everybody was off the plane then they out there they fire guys on site that they they filmed it and they never the smokin Oh outside the plane so they cut the fence to bring you in they're looking after you know how are they treating you now what are you hearing about what's going to happen to you and coming them back yeah flight Jamaica is not responding to anybody they're just waiting waiting waiting and I might just have to buy a separate ticket to get back to Canada because I have a business to run and I got things to do I can't stay here for three days listen I hear the adrenaline in your voice I fear III don't fear I think I'm understanding that I you call it a miracle of miracles here you are just hours after this just to sum up the whole experience as you've just lived it yes well my father passed away last year I think he's watching me and he gave me a good fact I'm not ready for you yet stay down there that was in verba Dessie one of the Canadians on that plane that had to make a crash landing and we're just getting an alert from Global Affairs Canada saying that while there were yes six people who were injured none of those was a Canadian so that's the latest from Global Affairs Canada