US Investigators to Examine Recorders from Plane Crash in Guyana

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The flight data recorders recovered from a Caribbean Airlines jet that crashed in Guyana this past Saturday are soon to be analyzed in Washington.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, also says it has sent a seven-person team to the South American country to assist authorities there in the accident investigation. Guyana's Civil Aviation Authority is leading the probe.

There were 162 passengers and crew members on board the Boeing 737 when it overshot the rain-slicked runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport and came dangerously close to a 60-meter deep ravine. Some of the passengers were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Flight 523 had left from New York and made a brief stop in Trinidad and Tobago before heading to Guyana's capital, Georgetown. The cause of the accident is not known.

Guyanese President Bharrat Jagdeo traveled to the airport and said he was very thankful and grateful that there were no deaths.