July 30, 2011 by staff
Commercial Guyana, An airliner carrying 162 people crashed early Saturday while landing in Guyana, causing several injuries but no deaths, the government of Guyana, he said.
The latest reports from Guyana quoted a government spokesman as saying the Boeing 737-800 aircraft apparently overshot the runway of 2,200 meters in the rainy season in the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, near the capital, Georgetown.
The plane had 154 passengers and eight crew on board, broke in two pieces on landing and slid down a slope before just missing a ravine 60 meters, the spokesman said, adding that only some people were injured in the accident.
“We are very grateful that more people were not injured,” Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo, was quoted in previous reports, which put the number of people aboard the plane at 140.
After the accident, the worst in recent history of the South American country of Guyana authorities closed the airport and launched an investigation.
Airlines based in Trinidad the Caribbean, which operates the BW 523 flights from New York to Georgetown, said he was sending a team to Guyana to help investigate the accident.
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