Airliner Crashes in Guyana, All on Board Safe

In what a Caribbean Airlines official calls a “miracle,” all 163 people on board a Boeing 737-800 came out alive from what could have been a deadly crash in the South American state of Guyana on Saturday.

Reports said the Caribbean Airlines Flight BW 523 came from New York and was about to land in the Cheddi Jagan airport in the city of Georgetown, Guyana’s capital, when the plane overshot the runaway and crashed into a perimeter fence before it broke into two when its front part snapped. Although 35 of the passengers and crew were injured, no casualty was reported, with only three of the injured needing hospitalization.

“It’s an absolute miracle what happened here in Georgetown,” Caribbean Airlines chairman George Nicholas said after visiting the crash site. Guyana President Bharrat Jagdeo expressed relief that disaster was avoided. “We are very, very thankful and grateful that there are no deaths,” Jagdeo said.