Second lawsuit filed against Fly Jamaica over crash landing

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Flight OJ256 at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport during the accident

KINGSTON, Jamaica Observer — A Canadian law firm has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit on behalf of passengers who say they were harmed when a Fly Jamaica aircraft overshot the runway at Guyana’s main international airport last month.

According to a statement from the Toronto-based Rochon Genova LLP, the proposed class-action was filed on Friday seeking compensation for passengers and their families who have been harmed in what it described as a dreadful accident.

The law firm said four passengers who are Canadian residents will be proposed representative plaintiffs in the suit.

This is the second lawsuit to be filed against Fly Jamaica for injuries and losses sustained in the crash.

Canadian law firms, Howie, Sacks & Henry, as well as Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman filed the first suit on November 23.

Six people were injured when the Toronto-bound aircraft with 118 passengers and eight crew members made the emergency landing on November 9. An 86-year-old woman died a week after the crash.

Guyana’s Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson last month told the National Assembly that the pilot did not declare an emergency, instead, it was reported to air traffic control that there was a hydraulic issue and the flight would return.

Meanwhile, four members of the Guyana Fire Service have been charged with the theft of items from the aircraft following the incident.

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