Saturday 26 September, 2020

Elderly woman dies from injuries in recent Fly Jamaica crash in Guyana

The damaged Fly Jamaica aircraft after the crash landing in Guyana.

The damaged Fly Jamaica aircraft after the crash landing in Guyana.

An 86-year-old woman is reported to have died as a result of the Fly Jamaica flight that was forced to make an emergency landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana just over a week ago, according to media reports out of that country.

The woman, identified as Rookhia Kalloo, died on Friday at the Georgetown Hospital after she was transferred from the privately-owned Woodlands Hospital, where doctors are reported to have said that there was not much more they could do for her.

The Guyana media quoted relatives as saying the passenger, who was in the company of two other relatives heading to Canada, was taken to the private hospital two days after the plane was forced to crash land at the CJIA.

According to family members, at the Woodlands Hospital, doctors said there was swelling of her brain (after she suffered a skull fracture), and there was not much they could do to ease the swelling.

Fly Jamaica, in a statement soon after the incident, said: “we believe that all 118 passengers and eight crew members are safe”.

At the time, Guyana’s Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson, indicated that six people were injured during the incident, and were being treated at the Diamond Regional Hospital.

The Boeing 757 aircraft was forced to return to the CJIA minutes after its departure for Canada on November 9, because of technical difficulties, and overran the airstrip on the subsequent emergency landing.

“Where the aircraft veered off, is about the exact same place (a previous plane did)…, so fortunately for us on this occasion, the extension (of the runway) was there so they were able to utilise the extension,” Patterson said, adding that investigations into the incident had already started.

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