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Passengers Safe As Airline Breaks Apart On Landing In Guyana

Passengers suffered mainly bruises and scrapes when Caribbean Airlines plane breaks apart on landing in Guyana on Saturday. The plane is shown here in daylight.

Passengers suffered mainly bruises and scrapes when Caribbean Airlines plane breaks apart on landing in Guyana on Saturday. The plane is shown here in daylight.

Only a few people were seriously injured when a Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737-800 traveling from New York to Cheddi Jagan airport, Georgetown in Guyana overshot the runway in light rain just after midnight local time. Although the plane landed safely, just missing a 200 foot ravine, the plane broke into two pieces, causing panic and fear throughout the plane’s passengers.

Many passengers worked to free themselves in the dark, as rescue workers also struggled without emergency equipment, but despite this there were few injuries, and only 4 passengers were hospitalized as a result of the crash. One person is reported to have a broken leg, and about a hundred passengers needed treatment for minor injuries, it is reported.

The transport minister in Trinidad is Devant Maharaj and said that Caribbean Airlines who has its base in Trinidad will be sending a team to investigate this crash which is the worst in the recent history of Guyana. Caribbean Airlines is the single largest carrier in that region, and it has very few serious incidents recorded, despite it operating at least five flights every day.

In a statement from the airline, it was reported that there were 157 passengers and 6 crew on board the flight BW 523. Investigators from both the United States and Guyana will be working with data from the aircraft’s black box, to determine the reason for the breakup.

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