A Guyana-bound plane that departed from JFK airport yesterday carrying 140 people crashed and broke into two pieces around 1 a.m. this morning, seriously injuring four, but miraculously caused no deaths. A woman on the plane said there was a loud noise as the plane landed, and everyone began screaming. "It was terror," she told a Guyanese news outfit, "I was praying to Jesus."
According to the AP, Caribbean Airlines Flight 523 departed JFK at 5 p.m., stopped in Trinidad, then flew on to Guyana, where rainy weather caused the Boeing 737 to overshoot the runway and crash. The plane barely missed a 200-foot ravine that "could have resulted in dozens of fatalities," Guyana's President Bharrat Jagdeo said at a news conference. "We are very, very grateful that more people were not injured," Jagdeo said.
Because emergency crews lacked lights and other equipment, authorities were initially slow to give medical attention to the 100 people who needed it. "I am upset that no one came to rescue us in the dark, but a taxi driver appeared from nowhere and charged me $20 to take me to the terminal," Philadelphia woman Geeta Ramsigh said. "I had to pay, but in times of emergencies, you don't charge people for a ride." Some things are the same no matter where you go in the world.