Bound plane with dozens of Canadians on board crashes shortly after takeoff

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The plane with its eight crew members of six Guyanese and two Jamaicans, also had on board one American, 82 Canadians, 35 Guyanese, one Pakistani and a Trinidadian. A spokesman said consular assistance would be available to those who needed it. The activated emergency chute can be seen at right along with the shattered right wing.

It had taken off not long before heading for Toronto.

"I am all safe, but shaking", he wrote in a Facebook post.

Just 11 minutes later, the pilot indicated a hydraulic problem and requested permission to return to the airport.

It says the Boeing 757 aircraft with 118 adults and two infants on board was forced to return to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport minutes after departing for Canada because of technical difficulties and overran the airstrip.

This CJIA photo shows airport staff around the plane. An emergency inflatable slide had been deployed from one of the front doors.

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"We are making alternative arrangements to fly out the passengers", he said.

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 injuries suffered by the passengers were not life-threatening.

Anyone seeking further information on relatives onboard the Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 can contact +592 600-7022 or +592 261-2281 -hotlines established at the airport.

The incident is not the first at Guyana's largest airport.

Boeing has since issued a warning notice to airlines operating the 737 aircraft about faulty sensors, which were believed to play a pivotal role in the crash. The runway then was 2,255 metres long, but is now being extended to 3,048 metres.

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