Kreindler & Kreindler LLP is representing numerous crash victims injured in the July 30, 2011 runway overrun at the international airport near Georgetown, Guyana. The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, was operated by Caribbean Airlines as Flight 523.
Arriving early in the morning in rainy conditions with 163 people onboard, the Caribbean Airlines jet rolled off the end of the runway and crashed through a fence. The fuselage broke into pieces in front of the wings, as the nose dug into the ground and the plane came to rest near a deep ditch. There was chaos as injured passengers attempted to egress from the wreckage.
The National Transportation Safety Board will assist Guyana in the investigation but early indications suggest pilot error is the cause as a result of proceeding too fast and touching down too far down the runway after landing.
Significantly, this is an international flight originating from JFK in New York with an intermediate stop in Port of Spain, Trinidad. As such various international conventions which govern air travel will be applied to the various injured passengers. If you have questions concerning possible claims or are an attorney unfamiliar with the various international agreements covering this type of Part 121 commercial operation, please do not hesitate to call us. Kreindler Partner Brian J. Alexander is handling these claims for the firm and can be reached at 212-973-3411.