A Fly Jamaica plane carrying 120 passengers crash landed in South America as it was taking off for Toronto's Pearson Airport, injuring 6 people on board. The plane, a Boeing jet, experienced "technical difficulties" about 45 minutes into the flight, airport officials say. The flight was scheduled to fly overnight into Toronto on Friday, November 9th.
The pilot reportedly noticed issues with the hydraulics of the plane about 20 minutes into takeoff and declared an emergency. He immediately began to turn the plane around back to the airport it came from, which was near the city of Georgetown in Guyana.
More pictures from the scene of the Fly Jamaica Boeing 757 aircraft at Georgetown Cheddi Jagan Int'l Airport.— Flight Alerts (@FlightAlerts_) November 9, 2018
Six passengers were injured, those injuries are reported not life threatening. pic.twitter.com/T7rdMeXL7R
Upon landing, the pilot struggled to get the plane to come to a full stop on the runway. The plane then crashed into a fence and its wheel got stuck in a pit of sand. According to Express, the plane had 82 Canadian passengers. Thankfully, only minor injuries such as neck and back pain have been reported so far.
According to the Minister of Public Infrastructure, the Fly Jamaica plane crashed in the same exact spot Caribbean Airlines flight crashed in 2011. The Fly Jamaica aircraft is a Boeing 757-200 model.
No word yet on whether or not any of those passengers injured are Canadian. A news conference about the crash has been arranged for 10:00 AM ET.