2018-11-09 Fly Jamaica B757-200 overrun runway at Georgetown

2018-11-09 Fly Jamaica B757-200 overrun runway at Georgetown

2018-11-09 Fly Jamaica B757-200 overrun runway at Georgetown


The Boeing 757 went beyond the end of the runway coming to a halt on soft ground. There were no reports about serious injuries. The aircraft sustained severe damage.

UPDATE 2018-11-09

At about 02:52L Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 took off from Cheddi Jagan Intl Airport (SYCJ), Guyana heading for Toronto, Canada carrying 118 passengers and eight crewmembers.

About eleven minutes after take-off while heading north to waypoint „ORANI“, the pilots leveled off at 20,000 ft. According to local media, they reported a hydraulic issue and expressed their intention to return to Georgetown Airport. The aircraft stopped the descend at 3,000 ft. entering a holding pattern to the west of the airport. After holding for 12 minutes, the pilots continued the approach to runway 06.

On landing, the aircraft overran the end of the runway, skidding sideways ending up entangled in the airport perimeter fence on sandy surface only 10 meters from a steep embankment.

The right main gear apparently gave way and collapsed resulting in the right engine to strike the ground and to break-off its pylon.

After coming to a standstill, the aircraft was evacuated via the L2, L3 + R1, R3 chutes. All on board got out safe. There were no reports of any casualties nor any hospitalized occupants. However, on Nov. 18 – 9 days after the accident – a 86 year old Canadian woman died while still being treated in hospital.

Previously, the pilots reported an unspecified technical problem after take-off and elected to return to Georgetown.

METAR: Georgetown Cheddi Jagan Intl Airport (SYCJ):

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The standard runway length of runwy 06/24 (until 2017 it was designated as 07/25) is 2270 meters (7,447 ft) in length. Since 2015, the end of runway 06 at Cheddi Jagan gets extended by some 400 meters to allow heavier aircraft operations. The works are carried out by a chinese contractor firm.

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Aircraft Involved

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Type: Boeing 757-200
Registration: N524AT
Age a/c: 19.1 years
Constr. No.: 30233
Previous owners: ATA Airlines 1999 – 2005, VIM Avia 2005 – 2008, Aurela 2008 – 2010, Fly Jamaica since 2012

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 8 120 0 128
Fatalities 0 1 0 1
Injuries 0 6


Date: 2018-11-09 Time: 02:52
Location: SYCJ GEO Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan Timehri Intl
Country: Guyana
Flight phase: LDG – Flare, Landing Roll, Aborted Landing after Touchdown
Damage to a/c: substantial

Flight no.: OJ 256
From: SYCJ /GEO : Georgeown-Cheddi Jagan Timehri Intl To: CYYZ /YYZ : Toronto Lester B. Pearson Intl Airport
Type: Passenger
Operator: Fly Jamaica Airways

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 2nd safety occurence for the operator
  • 241th safety occurence of type (B757)
  • 6th safety occurence at SYCJ airport
  • 2nd safety occurence for aircraft in question
    – 2010-09-14 Aurela LY-LTU galley fire

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