Six people were injured when a Fly Jamaica plane overshot the runway after returning to Georgetown, Guyana, Friday morning.
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.
Six passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
"There was a lot of chaos".
The passengers included a crew of eight, two infants, two Jamaicans nationals, an American, 82 Canadians, 35 Guyanese, a Pakistani and the Trinidadian.
"They are all stable and are being looked at", Patterson said, adding that all the passengers and crew on board had been accounted for with "no reports of any broken bones or such".
Boeing said it was looking into the incident. Canadian citizens can contact consular officials at +592-227-2081.
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Flight OJ256 took off at 2.10am local time, but at 2.21am the pilot put out a distress call, asking to return to the airport.
Fly Jamaica also reported that two elderly passengers had been taken to hospital as a precaution after the landing, and Bedessee said any injuries were likely sustained during the evacuation process.
Pictures showed the plane had ground to a halt in the sand just short of a steep incline.
"Then the plane swerved to the right and the right wing was flapping and it ripped apart away from the main fuselage", he said.
"If we had 10 more feet, we would be down in the cliff, down in the ditch".
Fly Jamaica Airways was certified by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) in September 2012, and was cleared to operate in the United States by U.S. authorities in December.