Tue, Aug 02, 2011
Caribbean Airlines 737 Overran Runway, Broke In Half. No
The NTSB has sent a team of investigators to assist the
government of Guyana with its investigation into Saturday's
accident at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Georgetown, Guyana,
involving a scheduled passenger flight.
On July 30, 2011, at approximately 0125 EDT, Caribbean Airlines
flight 523, (Trinidad & Tobago registration 9Y-PBM), en route
from Trinidad to Guyana, overran the runway during landing at
Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana. Preliminary
information from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
indicated that one serious and multiple minor injuries were
reported aboard the Boeing 737-800, carrying 156 passengers and six
crewmembers. Media reports including the French news service AFP
indicate that the aircraft broke in half after attempting the
landing in heavy rain and fog. The flight, which originated in New
York, reportedly touched down about half way down the runway and
went through a fence before coming to a stop in a grassy area.
The NTSB designated Bob Benzon as the U.S. Accredited
Representative. He is leading the U.S. team, which includes seven
NTSB staff with expertise in operations, meteorology,
airworthiness, survival factors, and aircraft performance as well
as representatives from the FAA and Boeing.
The Guyana CAA is leading the accident investigation. The
accident aircraft recorders have been recovered and, at the request
of the CAA, will be transported to NTSB headquarters in Washington,
DC to be downloaded.
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