Caribbean Airlines Flight Crashes In Guyana

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A Caribbean Airlines flight landing in Guyana crashed and split into two early Saturday morning.

The flight, which originated in New York and made a stop in Trinidad, had 140 people on board, the Associated Press reports.

The plane reportedly overshot the runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport in rainy weather. Guyana's president, Bharrat Jagdeo, told the Associated Press that the plane narrowly missed falling into a 200-foot ravine.

Two people suffered injuries in the crash. Aviation Herald reports that both injuries are leg fractures.

Authorities struggled to help passengers off the plane as the airport lacks adequate field lights and emergency equipment.

"We are very, very grateful that more people were not injured," Jagdeo told reporters.

Philadelphia resident Geeta Ramsingh told Canada's Chronicle Herald that passengers had started to applaud upon touchdown "when it turned to screams." She had bruises on her knees. She left the plane on the wing and landed on a dirt road outside the runway fence.

"I am upset that no one came to rescue us in the dark, but a taxi driver appeared from nowhere and charged me $20 to take me to the terminal. I had to pay, but in times of emergencies, you don't charge people for a ride,'' Ramsingh told the paper as she sat in the arrivals area with relatives.

The airport is currently closed, stranding hundreds and delaying dozens of flights.

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