Caribbean Airlines Flight 523: No victims after air crash in Guyana (VIDEO)
Chișinău / Moldova.ORG/ -- A Caribbean Airlines plane in South America's Guyana heading to New York, after leaving the runway in rainy weather and slipping through a chain fence, got into a ravine and broke in two shortly after takeoff on Saturday, July 30.
Several dozen people were injured and fortunately none of the 163 persons on board is not dead, officials said.
According to passengers on the Boeing 737-800 board, the brave, well trained in the army (as himself declared) pilot's landing was accompanied by applause, in Guyana, just after midnight, following the worsened situation.
Though, applause suddenly turned to screams, after Ramsingh Geeta, 41, from Philadelphia, was thrown onto the wing and then got into the road, apparently suffering only bruises.
The plane, operating Flight 523, as it seemed, exceeded the 7400 meter runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport and was about to land in a 200 meters ravine, president Bharrat Jagdeo said after visiting the scene.
About 100 people were injured, four of which are in serious condition, said Devant Maharaj, Minister of Transport in Trinidad, where Caraibbean Airlines is based.
The plane which left John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, stopped in Trinidad before landing in Guyana.
The airline was carrying 157 passengers and six crew members.
The cause of the accident was not immediately determined. Mr. Jagdeo said he had asked for help in investigating the case from the United States National Transport Safety Board.
Poor visibility due to rain could cause the bizarre accident on Saturday in Guyana, officials declared.
Watch below the Fox News interview with Stanley Scarder, a passenger from Columbus, Ohio in USA, who helped other passenger to open the door and then to evacuate in the dark the crashed plane.