The National Transportation Safety Board dispatched a team yesterday to assist with the investigation into Saturday’s accident in Georgetown, Guyana, involving a Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737-800 that broke in two after overshooting the runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport. The airplane crashed through a chain-link fence and came to rest on a dirt road that ran adjacent to a deep ravine. All of the 156 passengers and six crewmembers survived.
The accident happened at about 1:25 am EDT, as Caribbean Airlines Flight 523 (Trinidad & Tobago registration 9Y-PBM) tried to land on a wet runway in Guyana following a scheduled flight from Trinidad. The flight originated at New York JFK International Airport. Reports from Guyana indicated that up to 100 people suffered injuries, including a broken leg and numerous lacerations.
Crews have recovered the flight’s FDR and CVR. The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, which leads the investigation, has asked the NTSB to fly the recorders to Washington, D.C., for analysis. The U.S. team sent to Guyana includes seven NTSB staff members with expertise in operations, meteorology, airworthiness, survival factors and aircraft performance as well as representatives from the FAA and Boeing.