Passengers Survive Terrible Plane Crash - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Passengers Survive Terrible Plane Crash

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) - Authorities say it's miraculous that all 163 people aboard a Caribbean Airlines jet have survived a crash at an airport in Guyana.

The flight from New York touched down on wet runway, slid through a chain-link fence and broke apart just short of a 200-foot ravine.

Officials in the South American country say about 100 people received medical attention and four were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

One passenger aboard Flight 523 said they had begun to applaud the pilot's landing when suddenly things went wrong and the applause turned to screams. The Philadelphia woman says she hopped onto the wing, then onto a dirt road outside the runway fence, apparently suffering only bruised knees. She paid a cab driver $20 to take her to the terminal.

Authorities temporarily closed the airport, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded and delaying dozens of flights.

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