Caribbean Airlines Flight Crashes In Guyana

Posted Jul 30th 2011 09:00 AMUpdated Aug 1st 2011 08:32 AM

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A Caribbean Airlines flight landing in Guyana crashed and split into two early Saturday morning.

The flight, which originated in New York and made a stop in Trinidad, had 140 people on board, the Associated Press reports.

The plane reportedly overshot the runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport in rainy weather. Guyana's president, Bharrat Jagdeo, told the Associated Press that the plane narrowly missed falling into a 200-foot ravine.

Two people suffered injuries in the crash. Aviation Herald reports that both injuries are leg fractures.

Authorities struggled to help passengers off the plane as the airport lacks adequate field lights and emergency equipment.

"We are very, very grateful that more people were not injured," Jagdeo told reporters.

Philadelphia resident Geeta Ramsingh told Canada's Chronicle Herald that passengers had started to applaud upon touchdown "when it turned to screams." She had bruises on her knees. She left the plane on the wing and landed on a dirt road outside the runway fence.


"I am upset that no one came to rescue us in the dark, but a taxi driver appeared from nowhere and charged me $20 to take me to the terminal. I had to pay, but in times of emergencies, you don't charge people for a ride,'' Ramsingh told the paper as she sat in the arrivals area with relatives.

The airport is currently closed, stranding hundreds and delaying dozens of flights.



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lukesu

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petuniua

Who would ever want to go to Guyana, unless they had relatives there? The airport sounds really primitive. Third World taxi drivers are so sleazy. That poor woman was lucky that he didn't assault her.

July 31 2011 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Amie Yong

Hi Amie Yong,
From another Yongl domiciled in New Jersey,perhaps your Uncle

July 30 2011 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ldelly9423

Joe, Study your geography! This is not the Caribbean! It is South America, Guyana is not considred a part of the caribbean, it is on the tip of south America. How many American Airlines have crashed over the years? If you are suppose to be the educated, speak as such!

July 30 2011 at 4:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Bill

Your infomation on "overwater bungalows" off the WEST COAST of Panama is totally wrong! The story says the bungalows sit over the Carribbean Sea...the Carribbean Sea is on the EAST COAST of Panama...not the West Coast! Balboa is on the Pacific or West Coast of Panama...I've been there!

July 30 2011 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
acdc

This airline (formerly BWIA) has been flying since about 1960. After more than 50 years of flying, this airline has a 100% safety record as far as deaths are concerned. Even after this, that record still stands. How many airlines from the developed countries can make such a claim?

July 30 2011 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DEBBY K. LEE

This could have been a huge disaster. Thank God everyone is alive and ok.

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