Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

PEOPLE & PROFIT

What does the future hold for the oil market?

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Costa Rica's president on climate change, migration and Nicaragua

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

UN lifts sanctions on Eritrea after nine years

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

CNN v. Trump to decide if reporters have right to White House access

Read more

THE DEBATE

The hard sell: Will Theresa May's Brexit plan fly?

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

US Supreme Court Justice Breyer urges Americans to 'participate in public life'

Read more

FOCUS

Syria's Armenian minority building new life in Yerevan

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: On the red carpet for the world premiere of 'Fantastic Beasts 2'

Read more

ACCESS ASIA

Chinese 're-education' camps: Muslim Uighurs speak out

Read more

Boeing jet crash-lands at Guyana airport, six injured: minister

© AFP/File | The Fly Jamaica Airways plane that crash-landed in Guyana was a Boeing 757-200

GEORGETOWN (GUYANA) (AFP) - 

A Boeing jetliner carrying 126 people crash-landed at the airport in Guyana's capital Georgetown on Friday, injuring six people, the transport minister said.

The Fly Jamaica Airways plane was bound for Toronto when it suffered a hydraulic problem shortly after takeoff and returned to the airport, crashing and skidding off the runway, Transportation Minister David Patterson said.

He said the injuries were not life-threatening and the wounded were taken to a hospital near the airport in this country bordering Venezuela to the east.

"They are all stable and are being looked at. There were no reports of broken bones," Patterson told a news briefing at the airport.

The 118 passengers on board the Boeing 757-200 included 82 Canadians. There were eight crew members aboard.

After departing at 2:10 am, the pilot reported a problem with the hydraulic system 10 minutes into the flight.

Guyanese police and soldiers secured the crash site for investigators to begin working. The US National Transportation Safety Board was alerted.

"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.

"At this time, we believe that all 118 passengers and eight crew members are safe. We are providing local assistance and will release further information as soon as it is available," it added.

© 2018 AFP