A Caribbean Airlines Ltd. Boeing 737-800 aircraft carrying 157 passengers and crew crashed upon landing in Guyana early today. No one was killed, though some people on the plane were injured, the airline said.
Passengers are receiving medical attention, the airline said in a statement posted on its website. The plane, operating as Flight No. 523 from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Georgetown, Guyana, crashed at 1:32 a.m. local time, the statement said. Calls placed to the airline for further comment weren’t immediately returned.
The Associated Press reported that the aircraft overshot the 7,400-foot (2,200-meter) runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Georgetown in rainy weather. AP said the Boeing 737 broke in two, and missed going into a 200-foot ravine.
According to the airline, the flight had stopped in Port of Spain, Trinidad, en route and was completing its journey to Georgetown when the incident occurred.
Guyanese President Bharrat Jagdeo told AP he asked the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board to aid in the accident investigation. The NTSB didn’t immediately respond to Bloomberg News telephone calls and e-mails seeking comment.
A message with Guyana’s Government Information Agency seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned.
Caribbean Airlines is based in Trinidad, with flights from Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Miami; New York; Philadelphia and Toronto. The carrier travels to the Caribbean islands of Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela in South America.
Venezuela borders Guyana to the west, Suriname is to the east and Brazil to the south. The country has a population of 744,768, and is a former Dutch colony, according to the CIA World Factbook.
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