A Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737-800 ran off the runway on landing at Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri. The incident occurred at 1:32 a.m. Saturday after landing runway 06. The flight, BWA523, originating in Port of Spain, Trinidad was carrying 154 passengers and 8 crew members. There was no report of fatalities, but several persons were injured as the aircraft broke into two pieces. Light rain was reported by the air traffic controller at the time of the incident.
Government officials, including President Bharrat Jagdeo, Transport Minister Robeson Benn and Minister of Health Dr. Leslie Ramsammy rushed to the scene after the crash.
The Civil Aviation and other authorities are investigating the incident.
In a statement issued about two and a half hours after the crash, Caribbean Airlines said it had immediately activated its emergency response programme and is in direct contact with the relevant authorities.
The aircraft – 9Y-PBM – piloted by Dean Farried was one of the newly acquired B737-800 acquired by Caribbean Airlines. The airline recently bought Air Jamaica.