Caribbean Airlines plane crash: jet overshoots runway in Guyana and breaks in two

All 163 passengers and crew survived when the plane skidded off the runway in wet weather at night, before breaking in two.

Caribbean Airlines plane crash: jet overshoots runway in Guyana and breaks in two

Passengers jumped to safety from emergency inflatable slides after the plane came to rest just short of a ravine. Photograph: Neil Marks, Reuters

A Caribbean Airlines jet carrying 163 passengers and crew from New York overshot the runway in wet weather and broke in half on landing in Guyana, on South America’s north coast.

Photograph: Neil Marks, Reuters

Dozens of passengers were injured but no one was killed when the Boeing 737-800 overshot its landing position at Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital on Saturday, at 1:32am (local time).

The jet slid through a chain-link fence and broke up into two pieces, before coming to a halt just short of a 200ft ravine.

The plane, operating as Flight BW523, made a stop at the airline’s base in Port of Spain, Trinidad and had completed its final leg to Georgetown, Guyana when the incident occurred in darkness.

30 people were taken to hospital, with three admitted for a broken leg, bumps, cuts and bruises, according to media reports,

George Nicholas, chairman of the Trinidad-based airline visited the crash site. He said: “It’s amazing to leave an aircraft in that shape with a handful of very small injuries.”

Guyana’s Civilian Aviation Authority is leading the investigation into the cause of the accident.

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