Fly Jamaica Aircraft Suffers Hydraulic Issues Inflight, Overshoots Runway on Landing

A Fly Jamaica 757 (Photo: Robert Jones from Toronto, Canada (N524AT Fly Jamaica Airways Boeing 757-23N YYZ 24R) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

A Boeing 757-200 aircraft operated by Caribbean carrier Fly Jamaica was badly damaged after a landing incident in Georgetown, Guyana early Friday morning that saw the aircraft overshooting the runway. The Toronto-bound aircraft had taken off from Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana before it had to return to the airport due to hydraulic issues.

Upon landing, the 757 overshot the runway, suffering damage to its starboard wing, engine, and landing gear. Onboard the flight were 126 passengers, with only six of those passengers suffered non-life threatening injuries. The Boeing 757 involved in the incident was originally delivered to ATA Airlines in 1999 and is registered as N524AT.

Additionally, meteorological data from the airport indicates that weather conditions were favorable at the time of the incident. This is the second Boeing aircraft to go through a major incident after departing in the past two weeks as a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed into the sea after takeoff on Oct. 29. The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has launched an investigation into the incident and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has been notified of the incident, in order to support the investigation.

Fly Jamaica commenced operations in 2013, serving Jamaica and surrounding the Caribbean and South American countries. Prior to the incident, the airline operated a fleet of one Boeing 757-200 and one Boeing 767-300ER, with the accident reducing the fleet by half. This is the first incident to occur in the airline’s history.

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Akhil Dewan

Akhil Dewan

An “AvGeek” for most of his life, Akhil has always been drawn to aviation. If there is an opportunity to read about an airline, fly on a new airplane, or talk to anyone about aviation, he is on it. Akhil has been on over 20 different kinds of aircraft, his favorite being the MD-80. Additionally, he has visited 5 continents and plans to knock out the remaining two (Africa and Antarctica) soon. Based in Dallas, Akhil graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Management Information Systems and currently works in consulting. His dream is to become an airline executive.
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