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At 1.32am on Saturday 30 July, A Caribbean Airlines aircraft (Boeing 737-800), operating as flight # BW523, en route from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Georgetown, Guyana was involved in an incident upon landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana.
- A Caribbean Airlines jet from New York touched down on rainy runway, then slid through a chain-link fence and broke apart just short of a ravine on Saturday in Guyana.
- There were no immediate reports of death in the Caribbean Airlines crash.
- There were 163 people aboard the ill-fated Caribbean Airlines, despite several dozen of injuries.
- Passengers aboard Caribbean Airlines Flight 523 said they had begun to applaud the pilot's landing in the South American country when suddenly things went wrong.
- The Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737-800 apparently overshot the 7,400-foot (2,200-meter) runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport and barely missed a 200-foot (60-meter) ravine that could have resulted in dozens of fatalities
- Authorities struggled at first to remove crashed Caribbean Airlines passengers without adequate field lights and other emergency equipment.
- The Caribbean Airlines plane had left New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and made a stop in Trinidad before landing in Guyana. The airline said it was carrying 157 passengers and six crew members.
- The cause of the Caribbean Airlines crash was not immediately clear and Jagdeo said he has asked the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board to help investigate the crash.
- Authorities temporarily closed the Guyana airport, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded and delaying dozens of flights. The main terminal reopened late Saturday morning to only a couple of small planes, including a LIAT airline bound for Barbados, said Orin Walton, a local representative for the Antigua-based carrier.
- The crash of Flight BW523 is the worst in recent history in Guyana, and only one of the few serious incidents involving the Trinidad-based airline. It is the single largest carrier in the region, operating at least five daily flights.
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