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The Fly Jamaica Airways flight OJ 256 crashed at Georgetown Cheddi Jagan with 120 passengers including two infants on board.

None of the injuries are life-threatening.

The Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson told reporters during a press conference: “The reports are of back pain and such, no reports of any broken bones.”

The flight was departing from Georgetown, Guyana and was meant to land in Toronto, Canada this evening. 

The pilot reportedly claimed he started to experience technical issues with the hydraulics and it forced him to turn around to its departure airport, according to Mr Patterson.

While the pilot tried to make the emergency landing he was unable to to get the aircraft to cpmpe to a complete stop before reaching the end of the runway.

The plane crashed into a feance and its front wheel became wedged in a pile of sand that was being used for a runway expansion project.

Among those on board were 35 Guyanese, 82 Canadians, one American citizen, a Trinidadian and one Pakistani.

The crew were mad eup of six Guyanese and two Jamaicans, according to Mr Patterson.

An investigation into the the crash has been launched.

A spokesperson for Fly Jamaica said it is providing local assistance for its passengers and “will furhter release information as soon as it is available”.

The Minister confirmed the Fly Jamaica flight crashed at the same spot Caribbean Airlines flight crashed in 2011. 

He noted that even though the extended runway was not complete that the sand served as a cushion.

The Boeing 757-200 is a 1999 model and is powered by Rolls-Royce RB211 engines.

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