News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Nov. 13, 2018: While passengers who survived the crash of Fly Jamaica’s Boeing 757 in Timehri, Guyana on Friday, Nov. 9th, say it’s a miracle they are all alive with only minor injuries, the carrier says it “is still too early to comment on the cause of the accident.” But here are five facts News Americas found about the aircraft that overshot the Cheddi Jagan International airport due reportedly to problems with the plane’s hydraulic system.
1: The Boeing 757-23N aircraft is registered with the Federal Aviation Administration, (FAA) to Wings Aviation Inc., a Dover, Delaware-based corporation.
2: The Fixed Wing Multi-Engine craft with a ROLLS-ROYC engine was manufactured in 1999 and its first flight was over 19 years ago, according to the FAA records. The first operator was Boeing which delivered the aircraft to American Trans Air followed four years later by ATA Airlines. Three years later it changed hands to VIM Airlines and two years later, in 2008, it was operated by Aurela. In Nov. 2010, the aircraft changed hands again, this time to Flycraft II Ltd., before going to Wings in 2011.
3: A certificate of operation was issued to Wings Aviation by the FAA in September 2011 and will expire on September 30, 2020.
4: In both 2011 and 2012, Wings Aviation was hit with two aviation safety violations by the FAA for maintenance, and fined over US $8,600 and 11,000, respectively.
5: The Fly Jamaica flight 256, suffered a runway excursion after returning to land at Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Guyana on Nov. 9, 2018. The aircraft had departed Georgetown Airport at 02:09 hours local time. After departure, the flight reported an issue with the hydraulic system. The climb was stopped before reaching FL200 and the aircraft turned back to Georgetown Airport. The aircraft touched down on runway 06 at 02:53 hours. It went off the runway and came to rest across the airport perimeter fence. Six persons were injured, according to local media. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. The right-hand main landing gear had broken off, and the no.2 (right-hand) engine pivoted forward and upwards.