Narrative:A Boeing 737-800 passenger plane, 9Y-PBM, was destroyed when it suffered a runway excursion accident at Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO), Guyana. One serious and multiple minor injuries were reported among the 156 passengers and six crewmembers on board the plane.
Caribbean Airlines Flight BW523 flight departed Port of Spain (POS), Trinidad & Tobago on a scheduled flight to Georgetown. The airplane landed on runway 06 (a 7,448-ft / 2,270-m long asphalt runway) but failed to stop on the runway surface. It overran and came to rest near a 200-ft (61-m) ravine. The airplane broke in two.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The cause of the accident was the aircraft touching down far beyond the touchdown zone due to the captain maintaining excess power during the flare and not using the airplane's full deceleration capacity, resulting in the aircraft over running the pavement and fracturing the fuselage."
» Government Information Agency (GINA) Guyana
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
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Distance from Port of Spain-Piarco Airport to Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan International Airport as the crow flies is 565 km (353 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.