Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 overruns runway at Georgetown Airport

Glen Norman
November 9, 2018

It says the Boeing 757 aircraft with 118 adults and two infants on board was forced to return to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport minutes after departing for Canada because of technical difficulties and overran the airstrip.

A Toronto-bound Fly Jamaica airplane is seen after crash-landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Georgetown, Guyana on November 9, 2018.

While the pilot tried to make the emergency landing he was unable to to get the aircraft to cpmpe to a complete stop before reaching the end of the runway.

Officials said that the injuries are non-life threatening, and those injured are being treated at Diamond Hospital.


At a local press conference, it was announced that there were 82 Canadians on board.

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.

"They are all stable and are being looked at", he told reporters.

"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", the airline said.


One of the aircraft's turbines is seen badly damaged after it apparently hit the barrier.

Bedessee said takeoff had been delayed by about 45 minutes because one of the left-side doors had "not closed properly" and a maintenance crew was called to fix the problem.

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.

A hotline has been set up for family members looking for information at +592-261-2281 or +592-600-7022.


The airline said it was providing local assistance. The runway then was 2,255 metres long, but is now being extended to 3,048 metres.

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