Caribbean Airlines passenger jet makes miracle landing at Guyana, all 163 passengers safe

By on Jul 31, 2011 in Lifestyle, South America, Travel Comments

A so-called miracle landing was made by a Caribbean Airlines passenger plane in Guyana on Saturday, July 30, 2011, after all of its 163 passengers noted to be alive and safe.

Caribbean Airlines jet flight BW523 after the miracle
emergency landing at the Cheddi Jagan
International Airport in Guyana

Image Credit: Jules Gibson/AP

In a press release issued by Caribbean Airlines on its official website that day, Caribbean Airlines plane flight BW523 slid off the end of the runway of Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Georgetown, Guyana.

The passenger plane reportedly made the miracle landing at around 1:32am (Guyana time) on Saturday, as the airline’s technical support staff and executives rushed to the scene to assist the rescuers.

According to the airline company, the Boeing 737-800 plane had 157 passengers and 6 crew members on board, with all of them safe despite the plane being broken into two.

“We are very, very thankful and grateful that there are no deaths,” Guyana President Bharrat Jagdeo was quoted on reports, considering that the plane landed very near a 200-foot deep ravine.

On the other hand, Guyana Health Minister Leslie Ramsammy told reports that more than 30 people were taken to the hospital but only three of them suffering from bumps, cuts and bruises.

Meanwhile, Caribbean Airlines said that a relatives/customer assistance hotline has been established in Piarco, and counseling is currently being provided to passengers and family members.

In addition, the airline company left hotline numbers at for respective countries so the public can inquire more information about their care policy and updated flights following the incident.

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