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Death of elderly woman linked to Fly Jamaica incident

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — An 86-year-old woman may have become the first fatality of the Fly Jamaica flight that made an emergency landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) last weekend, the Guyana-based online publication, NEWS SOURCE , reported yesterday.

It said the woman, Rookhia Kalloo, died Friday at the Georgetown Hospital after she had been transferred from the privately owned Woodlands Hospital, where the doctors are reported to have said there was not much more they could do. NEWS SOURCE quoted relatives as saying the passenger, who was in the company of two other relatives heading to Canada, was taken to the private hospital two days after the plane was forced to crash land at the CJIA.

“According to family members, at the hospital, the doctors said there was swelling of her brain and there was not much that they could do to ease the swelling.”

Fly Jamaica in a statement issued soon after the incident said then “we believe that all 118 passengers and 8 crew members are safe” and Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson confirmed then that six people were injured during the incident and were being treated at the Diamond Regional Hospital.

The Boeing 757 aircraft was forced to return to the CJIA minutes after its departure for Canada on November 9 because of technical difficulties and over-ran the airstrip on the emergency landing.

“Where the aircraft veered off is about the exact same place the Caribbean Airlines (plane did)… so fortunately for us on this occasion, the extension (of the runway) was there so they were able to utilise the extension,” Patterson said, adding that investigations into the matter had already started.

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