An 86-year-old woman, who was a passenger in the Fly Jamaica plane, which crash landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) last Friday, died at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) yesterday. 

Rookhai Kalloo succumbed exactly a week after the crash. She suffered a fractured skull as a result of the accident and died around 13:00 hrs.

The elderly woman was being treated at the Woodlands Hospital but was transferred to the GPHC due to the financial troubles. Kalloo was travelling with her daughter and granddaughter when she allegedly hit her head in the plane.

The Boeing 757-200 plane—destined for Toronto, Canada included one American, 82 Canadians, 35 Guyanese, one Pakistani and one Trinidadian.

Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson had confirmed that about 20 minutes after the plane departed Guyana, the pilot reported a hydraulic problem and requested permission to return and land on the airstrip.

Upon landing, the Guyana Standard was told that the plane’s brakes reportedly failed, causing the aircraft to crash land.

Director of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Egbert Field, has confirmed that the black box of the Fly Jamaica aircraft—that crash landed—will be sent to the United States for decoding. This will help the authorities to understand what caused the accident.


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