Thursday, August 4, 2011

News: Caribbean Airlines Flight 523


Caribbean Airlines Flight 523 was a flight from New York to GeorgetownGuyana with a stopover in Port of SpainTrinidad on 30 July 2011. The Boeing 737-800 registration 9Y-PBM landed at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, but failed to stop in rainy weather, overshot the runway at 01:32L, and crashed through the perimeter fence. The aircraft stopped 100 meters past the end of runway 06 after it went over a road and broke into two sections.
There was no fire, and only seven out of the 157 passengers and 6 crew were injured.No deaths were reported directly following the incident.Two passengers suffered broken legs. The majority of the injured were treated at Diamond Diagnostic Hospital then sent onto Georgetown Public Hospital, where 35 passengers were treated for leg, back and neck injuries. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair in the accident.
Trinidad's Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar flew to Guyana to assess the situation, because the government of Trinidad and Tobago owns Caribbean Airlines.Guyana's emergency response team appeared at the accident scene two hours after the incident. Further officials from the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were invited to Guyana to aid in investigations.