A jet leaving New York and bound for Guyana crashed and split in half during landing on Saturday. Miraculously, none of the 140 passengers aboard was killed, though several injuries were reported.
The Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737-800 evidently overshot the runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport. Inclement weather conditions, resulting in poor visibility, is believed to have been a contributing factor in the crash. The jet narrowly averted plunging intp a 200-foot ravine that could have resulted in dozens of fatalities.
Authorities struggled initially to free passengers from the wreckage without adequate field lights or emergency equipment. Some 100 passengers received medical attention, with four hospitalized for serious injuries.
One of those injured was Geeta Ramsingh, 41, of Philadelphia, who told the Associated Press that passengers had just started to applaud the landing the cheers “turned to screams,” adding:
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.
Guyanese President Bharrat Jagdeo has asked the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board to help investigate the crash, which is the worst in recent Guyana history.
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