[Guyana] Fly Jamaica plane crash-lands at CJIA, six injured

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[Guyana] Fly Jamaica plane crash-lands at CJIA, six injured

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Fly Jamaica plane crash-lands at Cheddi Jagan Airport, six injured
Denis Chabrol
November 9, 2018

A Fly Jamaica airliner crashed early Friday morning at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, officials said.

Six persons were injured and rushed to Diamond Regional Hospital. “They are all stable and are being looked at,” Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson said. He added that all the persons aboard have been accounted for with minor injuries.

“No reports of any broken bones or such,” he said.

Emergency numbers for family members to call are +592-261-2281 and +592-600-7022

After several minutes in the air, the flight destined for Canada, turned back due to technical difficulties and crash-landed. “Where the aircraft veered off is about the exact same place the Caribbean Airlines (plane did)… so fortunately for us on this occasion, the extension (of the runway) was there so they were able to utilise the extension,” Patterson added.

Patterson said the baggage hold is intact and investigators have taken charge of the site.

There were 118 adults and two infants aboard as well as eight crew members made up of six Guyanese and two Jamaicans. The passengers included one American, 82 Canadians, 35 Guyanese, one Pakistani and one Trinidadian.

Flight departed Guyana at 2:10 AM and at 2:21 minutes, pilot indicated “there was some hydraulic problem and he requested permission to return and he did”, the minister said.

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. The Public Infrastructure Minister said the United States’ National Transportation Safety Board has been informed.

“We can confirm that Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 bound for Toronto has returned to Georgetown with a technical problem and has suffered an accident on landing. At this time, we believe that all 118 passengers and 8 crew members are safe. We are providing local assistance and will release further information as soon as it is available,” the carrier said.

The Cheddi Jagan International Airport has since been reopened to regular traffic.


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Re: [Guyana] Fly Jamaica plane crash-lands at CJIA, six injured

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Guyana: CJIA runway open for limited use following Fly Jamaica plane crash
November 9, 2018

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The runway at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) has been opened for limited use, allowing flights scheduled for departure this morning to leave.

The runway was temporarily closed after a Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 crash landed at 02:53hrs on Friday.

Minster of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson at an emergency press conference held at the airport, confirmed that 120 persons, including two infants, were onboard the flight destined for Toronto, Canada.

Of that number, six persons received minor injuries.

“The reports are of back pain and such, no reports of any broken bones,” Minister Patterson said.

The injured received treatment at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.

Among those onboard were 35 Guyanese, 82 Canadians, one American citizen, a Trinidadian and one Pakistani. The crew comprised of six Guyanese and two Jamaicans.

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.

As such, preparations were made for an emergency landing but the Pilot was unable to get the aircraft to an absolute stop before the end of the runway.

The aircraft only came to halt after crashing into a fence and when its front wheel became wedged in a pile of sand being used for the ongoing airport expansion project, at the end of the runway.

The Minister confirmed that the Fly Jamaica flight crashed at the same point where a Caribbean Airlines flight crashed in 2011. However, he noted that the extended runway, though not opened at the time, served to cushion the impact.

The relevant overseas authorities have been informed and an investigation is underway.

Anyone seeking further information on relatives onboard the Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 can contact +592 600-7022 or +592 261-2281 –hotlines established at the airport.

In the meantime, Fly Jamaica is tasked with taking care of its passengers.

The Airline has since said it is providing local assistance and “will further release information as soon as it is available.”

The Ministry is set to hold another press conference at 10:00hrs to provide further updates.


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Re: [Guyana] Fly Jamaica plane crash-lands at CJIA, six injured

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Six injured as Fly Jamaica aircraft makes emergency landing in Guyana
Friday, November 09, 2018

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC)

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Six passengers on a Fly Jamaica flight were injured this morning when the aircraft made an emergency landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana.

“We can confirm that Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 bound for Toronto has returned to Georgetown with a technical problem and has suffered an accident on landing. At this time, we believe that all 118 passengers and 8 crew members are safe. We are providing local assistance and will release further information as soon as it is available,” the carrier said in a statement.

Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said the six injured passengers were being treated at the Diamond Regional Hospital.

“They are all stable and are being looked at,” Patterson said, adding that all the passengers and crew on board had been accounted for with “no reports of any broken bones or such”.

The Boeing 757 aircraft with 118 adults and two infants on board was forced to return to the CJIA minutes after its departure for Canada because of technical difficulties and over ran the airstrip on the emergency landing.

“Where the aircraft veered off is about the exact same place the Caribbean Airlines (plane did)… so fortunately for us on this occasion, the extension (of the runway) was there so they were able to utilise the extension,” Patterson said, adding that investigations into the matter had already started.

The plane with its eight crew members of six Guyanese and two Jamaicans, also had on board one American, 82 Canadians, 35 Guyanese, one Pakistani and a Trinidadian.

Patterson said that the flight departed Guyana at 2:10 am (local time) today and at 2:21 am, the pilot indicated “there was some hydraulic problem and he requested permission to return and he did”.

On landing, the emergency services were activated and since then an investigator from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has taken responsibility for the crash site.

Patterson said that the United States’ National Transportation Safety Board has been informed.

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 US authorities in December that same year.

On November 16, last year, the airline formed by a Guyanese businessman and three Jamaican shareholders, was given permission by the Guyana government to begin direct flights between Guyana and Cuba.

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Re: [Guyana] Fly Jamaica plane crash-lands at CJIA, six injured

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Six passengers injured as Fly Jamaica makes emergency landing at Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan Airport
Gordon Moseley
November 9, 2018

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The flight with 120 passengers and eight crew members departed Guyana just after 2 o' clock this morning. However, less than thirty minutes into the flight, the pilot made contact with Guyana's Air Traffic Control at the Cheddi Jagan Airport, seeking permission to return. Air traffic control was told that the airplane was encountering problems with the its hydraulics system.

Six passengers were injured this morning as a Fly Jamaica 757 aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing at Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan Airport.

The flight with 120 passengers and eight crew members departed Guyana for Toronto, Canada just after 2 o’ clock this morning.

However, less than thirty minutes into the flight, the pilot made contact with Guyana’s Air Traffic Control at the Cheddi Jagan Airport, seeking permission to return. Air traffic control was told that the airplane was encountering problems with the its hydraulics system.

In making the return and emergency landing, the plane overshot the recently extended runway and made its way through the perimeter fence, only coming to a stop when it encountered a heavy build up of sand, close to a ditch.

Emergency crews were immediately activated and were able to get all passengers and crew members safely off the plane.

Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson told reporters this morning that although six passengers were injured, those injuries are not life threatening. He said there are no reports of any broken limbs or bones.

The injured passengers were rushed to the Diamond Hospital on the East Bank of Demerara as the investigation was launched into the incident.

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The airport was temporarily closed off following the emergency landing, but it has now been reopened.

Other flights are now able to land and depart from the airport. The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority is leading the investigations. Other international aviation authorities are expected to join the probe.

An emergency line has been established. Persons wanting to make contact with officials could do so by dialing +592-261-2281.

In a brief statement, Fly Jamaica Airways said it is assisting the passengers and crew and will support the investigation.

Minister Patterson said the one bright light in the tragedy is that the airport’s extended runway was able to accommodate the emergency landing, although it has now yet gone into operation.

He also noted that this morning’s incident took place close to where a similar incident occurred a few years ago with Caribbean Airlines. There was no extended runway at that time.


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Re: [Guyana] Fly Jamaica plane crash-lands at CJIA, six injured

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Accident: Fly Jamaica B752 at Georgetown on Nov 9th 2018, hydraulic failure causes runway excursion on landing
Simon Hradecky
Friday, Nov 9th 2018

A Fly Jamaica Airways Boeing 757-200, registration N524AT performing flight OJ-256 from Georgetown (Guyana) to Toronto,ON (Canada) with 120 passengers and 8 crew, was climbing out of Georgetown when the crew stopped the climb at FL200 due to a hydraulic failure and decided to return to Georgetown. The aircraft landed on Georgetown's runway 06 at 02:53L (06:53Z) but veered right off the runway and came to a stop to the right of the runway just short of the runway end. The aircraft was evacuated via slides. There were six minor injuries, the aircraft sustained substantial damage with the right main gear collapsed, the right engine sparated from the wing and right wing damage. The injured were taken to a hospital.

Guyana's Minister of Public Infrastructure reported the aircraft carried 118 passengers, two infants and 8 crew. The crew declared emergency and returned to Georgetown. 6 people received minor injuries and were taken to the local hospital.

The airline reported the aircraft returned to Georgetown with a technical problem and suffered an accident on landing.

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E) AD OPR. ACFT NOT ALLOWED TO LAND RWY 24 DUE DISABLED ACFT APRX 385M
NE OF THR RWY 24, AT A HGT OF 30FT ABV THR.
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Fly Jamaica passengers to be transported via CAL on Saturday

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Fly Jamaica passengers to be transported via CAL on Saturday
…passengers being housed at CJIA’s holding facility, hotel
November 9, 2018

Some ten passengers were rushed to the Diamond Hospital as well as Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) following the crash landing of a Fly Jamaica Airways flight (OJ256) on Friday morning.

According to Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud at a press conference held at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) following the incident, the injuries sustained by those passengers are not life threatening; however, several of the passengers are being inspected for spinal injuries.

Seven passengers who were taken to the Diamond Hospital were later transferred to GPHC for further testing.

Persaud also revealed that several persons were treated at the airport by first responders for health-related issues such as blood pressure and in one case; a heart condition. For some of these cases, he said medication had to be sourced.

However, the other passengers are presently being housed in a holding facility at CJIA and provisions are being made for some to be transported back to their various destinations.

According to Junior Public Infrastructure Minster, Annette Ferguson, a number of passengers will be transported to Toronto on Saturday via CAL.

Arrangements are presently being made to have the passengers’ luggage removed from the aircraft and will uplifted at a later time.

Jamaica has since been informed and has promised assistance.

An investigation into the incident has since begun with assistance from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

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Fire fighters questioned for allegedly stealing from crashed jet

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Fire fighters questioned for allegedly stealing from crashed jet
Denis Chabrol
November 9, 2018

The captain of the ill-fated Fly Jamaica Airlines jet that made an emergency landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport alleged that several personal items were stolen from the plane, police said.

Police and fire officials said at least nine fire fighters were being questioned by investigators in connection with the reported theft.

Fire Chief Marlon Gentle said the pilot reported losing cash and electronic devices. He said one of the fire fighters surrendered items and then the theft began unravelling. He said other items were found at the Timehri Fire Station. A crew member also claimed her items were stolen

Gentle said the matter has been handed over to the police and stern action would be taken against those found culpable. “This is not something that we condone or take very lightly. Those found culpable will be dealt with to the fullest extent,” he said.

Other sources also told Demerara Waves Online News that a number of crew members and passengers have also claimed items, including passports, electronic devices have been stolen.

The fire fighters were among the first responders who entered the plane after it made an emergency landing at the north-eastern end of the runway.

The pilot had reported a hydraulic failure 10 minutes after departing Cheddi Jagan International Airport and requested permission to land.

On landing, one of the right engine and landing gear broke off.

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Fly Jamaica accident investigation underway

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Fly Jamaica accident investigation underway
Nov 10, 2018

Investigations are ongoing following the emergency landing of Fly Jamaica flight OJ 256, yesterday morning. This disclosure was made by Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson at a media briefing.

Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson, reported that all the passengers were taken to a holding facility for debriefing and information gathering. Fly Jamaica has arranged for some passengers to travel to their original destinations via Caribbean Airlines today. Others have been accommodated at hotels or their homes as required.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shamdeo Persaud described the removal and transportation of the 10 injured passengers to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre as effective.

He said x-rays and further tests were conducted on the passengers to ascertain where any suffered spinal injuries. Medication for those with preexisting conditions has been sourced and will be delivered to those in need.

Those with suspected spinal injuries have been stabilised. The airport’s authorities will partner with the Public Health Ministry to offer counselling to the affected passengers

GCAA Director, Lt. Col. (Retd.) Egbert Field said the Chief Accident Investigator Paula McAdam will be assisted by GCAA inspectors. He also disclosed that the Jamaican Government and the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) have been contacted and will assist as needed with the investigation.

Cockpit and voice recorders were recovered, secured and sent to the NTSB for analysis. Field noted that this investigation will take some time and the findings will be used to assist global operators going forward.

He also reported that aircraft operations were initially suspended and the first flight initially scheduled to leave at 5:35 am took off at 7:30 am. Other flights were delayed by a few hours but arrangements were made to facilitate their departure.

Director Field could not confirm whether the aircraft was pulled from service within the last few months.

The aircraft will be removed once initial investigations are complete, he added. The event has been classified as an accident and not a crash, given the damage to the wings and engines after the controlled landing, the GCAA Director explained.

CJIA Chief Executive Officer Ramesh Geer revealed that initial feedback indicates that procedures were followed in accordance with the established emergency plan.

As investigation continues the site is secured by 12 ranks from the Guyana Defence Force and nine from the Guyana Police Force.

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Fly Jamaica Capt. Ferguson credited for landing plane safely

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Fly Jamaica Captain Basil Ferguson credited for landing plane safely
  • …airline cleared to remove plane
Nov 11, 2018

Aviation officials have given Fly Jamaica the green light to remove the Boeing 757 which was forced to make an emergency landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) minutes after takeoff on Friday.

And the pilot, Captain Basil Ferguson, is being credited with averting a major disaster after stopping the plane inches from a steep drop at the end of the runway. Kaieteur News understands that Ferguson has many years of flying experience and was previously employed with Air Jamaica.

Several passengers who spoke with Kaieteur News following the incident said that Ferguson should be praised for his effort to save the lives of the 128 persons onboard the aircraft.

According to health officials, about ten persons sustained minor injuries while deplaning from the crashed craft.

The Fly Jamaica flight departed CJIA at 2:10 a.m. for Toronto, Canada. About 15 minutes into the flight, passengers recalled that the pilot reported that the aircraft was experiencing problems with its hydraulic system and needed to return to CJIA. According to flight maps, the airplane circled before attempting to land.

Passengers recounted that upon touchdown, the aircraft sped past the airport’s terminal, past the end of the existing runway and onto the newly extended portion of the runway, which is not officially open.

The aircraft careened into the chain linked fence before coming to rest in the trap at the end of the runway with the front of the plane perched above a ravine – the same area where a Boeing 737 operated by Caribbean Airlines overran and split in two on July 30, 2011.
The right wing of the aircraft was broken along with the engine.

Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Egbert Field told Kaieteur News yesterday that the investigation is well on its way and Fly Jamaica has been cleared to remove the aircraft from the end of the runway where it was being secured by police and army officers.

Field disclosed that the airline, including the pilot and crew, will prepare statements for investigators and an interview will be conducted this week.

He said, further, that he has started to engage with officials of the South American arm of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the National Transportation Safety Board, the U.S. Government’s agency responsible for civil transportation accident investigation.

According to Field, investigators from the Authority are providing support to the Government-appointed crash investigator, Paula McAdam.

It is believed that the pilot encountered issues with the brake system upon touchdown.

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Fly Jamaica says working to repatriate all passengers from crash landing

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Fly Jamaica says working to repatriate all passengers from crash landing
2018/11/11

In the wake of Friday’s crash landing of one of its planes at the CJIA, Timehri, Fly Jamaica today said that its immediate focus is on the “safe repatriation and welfare of all of our passengers”.

In a statement, the Jamaica-based airline said it wished to acknowledge the courage of all the occupants aboard flight OJ256 which had been en route to Toronto, Canada and which made the crash landing after problems with the hydraulics system developed on the Boeing 757. Fly Jamaica particularly cited those who were injured. Around 10 of the passengers were injured during the emergency evacuation of the plane when it landed.

Fly Jamaica said that it is too early to comment on the cause of the accident but that it was cooperating fully with the investigative authorities.

On Friday at 2.21 am, the pilot and co-pilot, both of whom are Jamaican, indicated that there were some hydraulic problems and requested permission to return. Permission was granted and after spending an estimated 43 minutes in the air they were able to land the plane.

The aircraft, however, overshot the open runway and veered to a closed section, resulting in damage to the right wing.

There were 118 passengers and 8 crewmembers aboard.

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Accident: Fly Jamaica B752 at Georgetown on Nov 9th 2018, hydraulic failure causes runway excursion on landing

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Accident: Fly Jamaica B752 at Georgetown on Nov 9th 2018, hydraulic failure causes runway excursion on landing

A Fly Jamaica Airways Boeing 757-200, registration N524AT performing flight OJ-256 from Georgetown (Guyana) to Toronto,ON (Canada) with 120 passengers and 8 crew, was climbing out of Georgetown when the crew stopped the climb at FL200 due to a hydraulic failure and decided to return to Georgetown. The aircraft landed on Georgetown's runway 06 at 02:53L (06:53Z) but veered right off the runway and came to a stop to the right of the runway just short of the runway end. The aircraft was evacuated via slides. There were six minor injuries, the aircraft sustained substantial damage with the right main gear collapsed, the right engine sparated from the wing and right wing damage. The injured were taken to a hospital.

Guyana's Minister of Public Infrastructure reported the aircraft carried 118 passengers, two infants and 8 crew. The crew declared emergency and returned to Georgetown. 6 people received minor injuries and were taken to the local hospital.

The airline reported the aircraft returned to Georgetown with a technical problem and suffered an accident on landing.

Related NOTAM:
A0091/18 NOTAMN
Q) SYGC/QFALC/IV/NBO/A/000/999/0629N05815W005
A) SYCJ B) 1811090800 C) 1811091300
E) AD CLSD DUE DISABLED ACFT ON RWY
F) GND G) UNL

A0093/18 NOTAMN
Q) SYGC/QFAAL///A/000/999/0629N05815W005
A) SYCJ B) 1811091230 C) 1811121230
E) AD OPR. ACFT NOT ALLOWED TO LAND RWY 24 DUE DISABLED ACFT APRX 385M
NE OF THR RWY 24, AT A HGT OF 30FT ABV THR.
F) GND G) UNL

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14 GUYANESE FIREFIGHTERS IN CUSTODY AFTER STEALING ITEMS FROM DOWNED FLY JAMAICA PLANE

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14 GUYANESE FIREFIGHTERS IN CUSTODY AFTER STEALING ITEMS FROM DOWNED FLY JAMAICA PLANE
November 12, 2018 ,

They were supposed to help the crashed passengers. They stole from them instead.

Chief Fire Officer Marlon Gentle confirmed that 14 firefighters, including supervisors, have been detained for allegedly making off with valuables from the Fly Jamaica aircraft that crash-landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport early yesterday morning.

Gentle said that the detained ranks consisted of the entire team of firefighters, including supervisors, who were stationed at the CJIA.
He said that some ranks who rushed to the scene even though they were off-duty, are also in custody.

Some of the alleged culprits have over 15 years’ service. There were also junior ranks with three to five years’ service.

The stolen items included tablets, cell phones and colognes, which were stolen from the pilot and passengers. Some of the items have been recovered.

“Fourteen ranks are currently in police custody and there will be criminal proceedings and also departmental action,” an upset Chef Fire Officer told Kaieteur News.

The theft was reportedly unearthed after the pilot of the crash-landed aircraft reported that some of his personal items were missing from the cockpit.

After an investigation was launched, one of the ranks handed over two cell phones that he had already stashed in his vehicle. “That was when we realised that it was more serious,” Gentle said.

“They were dishonest; there is no long and short of it. We unreservedly apologise (but) this is not (the behaviour of) the rank and file members of the Guyana Fire Service.

This is clearly a fringe element of the Fire Service… persons, including supervisors, who could forget morals and principles.”

It is the second time in recent years that the Fire Chief has had to express concern at the behaviour of some dishonest ranks.
In May, 2016, four firefighters were arrested for making off with cell phones from the home of Traffic Chief Dion Moore, after responding to a fire at Moore’s residence.

One of the phones was found under the seat of the fire tender they were in when police stopped the ranks at a roadblock.

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US safety board, Boeing reps arrive to probe Fly Jamaica crash landing

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US safety board, Boeing reps arrive to probe Fly Jamaica crash landing
13 November, 2018

Representatives from the United States’ National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Boeing Company have arrived in Guyana to assist in determining the cause of last Friday’s crash landing of a Fly Jamaica aircraft.

Director-General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Lt. Col (Ret’d) Egbert Field disclosed that one representative of the NTSB arrived on Sunday afternoon, while two representatives from the Boeing Company arrived yesterday.

Subsequent to their arrival in Guyana, they have spent some time analysing the aircraft and the accident scene at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) at Timehri.

Providing additional information on the role of the NTSB representative, Field explained that the individual is here to analyse and inspect the plane wreckage before passing his findings to an accredited representative in Washington D.C, where the organisation is headquartered.

Meanwhile, as it relates to the wreckage itself, Field on Sunday told this newspaper that the aircraft had been handed over to it operator, Fly Jamaica. Notwithstanding, he explained that the aircraft still remains under the jurisdiction of the accident investigators.

When asked if the aircraft had been removed from the crash site, Field said the task has not yet been undertaken since those who are removing it will need the right equipment to do so. He noted however, that efforts have been made to prepare the aircraft for removal.

In the meantime, the investigators were said to have had a preliminary interview with the pilot, who has since been identified as Jamaican Basil Ferguson.

It was noted, too, that the black box, which carries both the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder, both important elements of the investigation, has been packaged and is awaiting the next FedEx flight out of Guyana, which according to Field, may be either today or Wednesday.

At 2.21 am last Friday morning, the pilot and co-pilot of Fly Jamaica flight OJ 256, which had been en route to Toronto, Canada, indicated that there were some hydraulic problems and requested permission to return to the Timehri airport. Permission was granted and after spending an estimated 43 minutes in the air, they were able to land the plane. The aircraft, however, overshot the open runway and veered to a closed section, resulting in damage to the right wing.

There were 118 passengers and 8 crewmembers aboard and all were safely removed from the plane although about 10 persons suffered injuries while using the evacuation slide. They were taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where they were treated and either discharged or transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital for additional tests.

But while the investigations into the plane crash continue, some passengers are now hoping that they will soon be able to travel to Canada.

Davanan Sukhra, a passenger who previously shared with this newspaper his experience aboard the flight, explained that though he has been contacted by representatives from the airline, they have not been able to offer any assurances of when he would be able to return home to Canada.

“They called me yesterday and I asked them about flights but all I was told is that they don’t have any flight information at this time…they are not even giving me any hope that by Wednesday or Thursday I could get a flight, nothing,” Sukhra said.

“I asked why they can’t accommodate us, even if it’s two or five at a time but they told me that they are trying to charter an aircraft to get everyone out one time, but again they aren’t sure of when this will be,” he added.

In addition to the delay in his plans to return home, the man said he continues to suffer pain from injuries he sustained during landing.

Sukhra explained that he had to return to the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital yesterday for injections to ease the pain which at this point plagues mainly his upper body.

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Senior injured in Fly Jamaica crash landing succumbs

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Senior injured in Fly Jamaica crash landing succumbs
2018/11/17

Rookhia Kalloo, the eighty-six-year-old passenger who suffered a fractured skull following the crash-landing of a Fly Jamaica plane at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport last Friday, has died.

A family member confirmed to Stabroek News that the woman passed away at the Georgetown Public Hospital yesterday afternoon.

It was previously reported that Kalloo, who was initially admitted to the Woodlands Hospital on Monday, had suffered a skull fracture, which caused her brain to swell. It is suspected that she was hit on the head at the time of the crash landing.

Kalloo, her daughter, Lilawattie Persaud, and her granddaughter were among those aboard Fly Jamaica flight OJ 256, which had been en route to Toronto, Canada, when it experienced hydraulic issues, resulting in the pilot making an emergency landing.

Doctors at the Woodlands Hos-pital indicated to the family that there was nothing that could be done for Kalloo.

Due to the cost to continue to keep her at the private hospital, the family moved Kalloo to Georgetown Public Hospital, where she succumbed.

Persaud told this newspaper that her mother had been very hysterical after the accident but did not complain of having suffered any injuries. Hours after returning home from the airport, the daughter recalled seeing her mother being disoriented. After being questioned about her health, Kalloo told her daughter that she was not feeling well. As a result, a decision was made to take her to the Woodlands Hospital, where she was immediately admitted.

Since the accident, Persaud said her mother had lost the ability to speak and move on her own.

“She went to sleep but woke up different, the last time I heard my mother speak was on Sunday when I asked her if she was okay, but now she totally shut down… the doctors said that her brain is swollen and that it is shutting down and that there is nothing else they can do for her,” Persaud shared.

At the time of the accident, Kalloo, her daughter and granddaughter were returning to Canada after vacationing here for four weeks.

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Fly Jamaica passengers return to Toronto after Guyana crash

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Fly Jamaica passengers return to Toronto after Guyana crash-landing
Nov 16, 2018

Fly Jamaica passengers who survived a crash-landing in Guyana had to wait a full week to finally get a flight back to Toronto. The flight landed at Pearson airport Friday around 9 a.m.

Eighty-two Canadians were on the previous plane, a Fly Jamaica Boeing 757-200. It was carrying 118 people, two infants and eight crew members when it crash-landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on Nov. 9. Officials said the plane had a hydraulic problem about 40 minutes after takeoff. All passengers survived and six people had only minor injuries.

A Brampton woman who arrived at Pearson Friday morning said the airline didn’t provide passengers with support or compensate them for unexpected costs. “Fly Jamaica didn’t do nothing to help us,” Pooranday said. “Not once did they call to say, ‘How are you doing? How are you coping?’”

And their troubles didn’t end there.

Eight Guyanese firefighters were arrested earlier this week after cash and gadgets belonging to both passengers and crew members were removed from the airplane when the firefighters were helping passengers off the plane, according to the Guyana Standard. “At the airport, (Fly Jamaica staff) promised that our items are safe and we will get it back,” Pooranday said. “When we get our bag, nothing. I got my suitcase that I checked in but my valuables were in my side bag — and it’s gone. We got the side bag, (but) no valuables.”

The pilot’s cash and cellphone were also missing.

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Injured woman in Fly Jamaica crash-landing dies

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Injured woman in Fly Jamaica crash-landing dies
November 17, 2018

The 85-year-old woman who was injured in the crash-landing of a Fly Jamaica flight at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) succumbed to her injuries on Friday afternoon. Guyana Times understands that Rookhia Kalloo died while receiving treatment at a private medical facility.

Kalloo was among the 118 adults, two infants and eight crew members on flight OJ256, destined for Toronto, Canada. The aircraft took off from CJIA at about 02:10h on November 9, 2018, but after some time, encountered hydraulic problems, and as such returned to Timehri where it crash-landed.

Meanwhile, following last week’s incident, investigators will finally be able to fully assess what exactly went wrong as the Fly Data Recorder (Black Box) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (Pink Box) have been sent to the United States to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

NTSB is an independent US Government agency that overlooks investigations into air transportation accidents. The flight, OJ256, left Guyana for Toronto, Canada, at about 02:10h on Friday last, but after reportedly encountering hydraulic issues, the pilot acted quickly and returned to the CJIA where it crash-landed at about 02:53h.

On Saturday last, the NTSB investigator arrived in Guyana and worked with GCAA and other stakeholders at the crash site on Monday and Tuesday as the investigation was carried out.

Although the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) was the first responder to the crash site, several fire fighters caused embarrassment to themselves and the GFS for their alleged acts of theft. At least 14 of the fire fighters who were implicated in removing several devices belonging to the crew and passengers were believed to have taken the items as they had exclusive access to the crashed plane.

One of the firemen had reportedly returned some of the stolen items while some were found at the Timehri Fire Service. The airline had opened their call centres around the clock and was contacting passengers with flight reservations through November 14, 2018. Arrangements were made with Caribbean Airlines to have the passengers transported to their destinations.

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Re: [Guyana] Fly Jamaica plane crash-lands at CJIA, six injured

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On Dec 9th 2018 the recovery of the aircraft was completed and the aircraft was moved to the air Corps apron near the runway 06 threshold south of the runway. The gear doors of the aircraft remained open due to the manual gear extension that had been performed prior to landing. Leading and trailing edge flaps had been extended to 20 degrees in alternate mode. The badly damaged right wing sits on a trestle with landing gear removed. The Fly Jamaica logos were removed from the tail and fuselage.

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