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Invor Bedessee says he was on board the Toronto-bound Fly Jamaica aircraft that skidded off the runway at Guyana's biggest airport early Friday morning.

The 118 passengers on board the Boeing 757-200 included 82 Canadians.

The flight left from Cheddi Jagan International Airport, near the Guyanese capital of Georgetown, with 120 passengers and eight crew aboard at about 2 a.m. ET.

A hydraulic problem reportedly forced the pilots to return to the Georgetown Airport, just over 10 minutes after take-off.

The jet - a 757 model - suffered a hydraulic issue after takeoff, injuring at least six people, according to an AFP report, which cited Guyana's infrastructure minister.

They were taken to hospital.

Boeing Co is looking into the incident, a spokesman said.

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Fly Jamaica said the airline is now making arrangements to fly the plane's passengers out of Guyana.

Images posted on the airport's Facebook page and various sites showed the Fly Jamaica Airways plane appearing to have gone through a chainlink fence, with one of its engines tilted upward and resting on the fencing.

"Then the plane swerved to the right and the right wing was flapping and it ripped apart away from the main fuselage", he said.

"I am all safe, but shaking", he wrote in a Facebook post.

Officials at Fly Jamaica said flight OJ256, which was headed to Toronto, had to make an emergency landing because of a technical problem.

"They have been retrieved and will be sent to the National Transportation Safety Board for decoding", Field said.

A spokesperson for Fly Jamaica said it is providing local assistance for its passengers and "will furhter release information as soon as it is available".


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