While still dealing with a probe over the crash of a Fly Jamaica plane after an emergency landing in Guyana, the airline has found itself now facing a class action lawsuit.
The lawsuit has been filed in Canadian courts by two Canadian law firms, Howie, Sacks & Henry and Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman.
The filing is against the airline for injuries and losses sustained on on the November 9 flight.
One of the Attorneys working on behalf of the passengers said that he hopes they will be able to assist the group of passengers in finding answers surrounding the accident and help them recover their losses.
While only six passengers sought medical attention just after the crash, several others complained of losing some of their personal effects. An elderly passenger who was not among those who sought medical attention after the accident, also passed away the week after the crash.
According to the law firms, passengers suffered a variety of injuries, and lost belongings that were left on the plane after evacuating, such as jewellery, cash and electronics. Additionally, some passengers also had to reportedly arrange and pay for their transportation home. The class action will seek to obtain appropriate compensation for the damage caused to the passengers, the lawyers said.
On November 9, 2018, Fly Jamaica Flight OJ256 left Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport headed for Toronto shortly after 2am.
The Boeing 757, carrying 84 Canadian passengers and others, was forced to return to the airport 20 minutes into the flight after experiencing hydraulic problems. The plane overshot the runway and crash landed; several of the plane’s tires blew out and its right engine became dislodged from its wing as the plane came to a stop metres from a deep embankment.
An investigation is currently underway by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority and that probe is being receiving support from a number of international agencies.