Caribbean Airlines Flight 523

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Caribbean Airlines Flight 523
Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737-800 KvW.jpg
A Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft similar to the accident aircraft.
Runway overrun
Date30 July 2011
SummaryOverran runway on landing, broke in half
SiteCheddi Jagan International Airport, Guyana
06°29′54″N 058°15′14″W / 6.49833°N 58.25389°W / 6.49833; -58.25389Coordinates: 06°29′54″N 058°15′14″W / 6.49833°N 58.25389°W / 6.49833; -58.25389
Aircraft typeBoeing 737-8BK
OperatorCaribbean Airlines
Flight originJohn F. Kennedy International Airport, United States
StopoverPiarco International Airport, Port of Spain, Trinidad
DestinationCheddi Jagan International Airport, Guyana
Survivors163 (all)

Caribbean Airlines Flight 523 was a passenger flight which overran the runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Georgetown, Guyana, on 30 July 2011. Seven of the 163 aboard suffered injuries. The aircraft involved, a Boeing 737-8BK, was operating Caribbean Airlines' scheduled international service from John F. Kennedy Airport, New York to Georgetown, with a stopover in Piarco International Airport, Port of Spain, Trinidad. The aircraft failed to stop in rainy weather, overrunning the runway at 01:32 local time (05:32 UTC), crashing through the perimeter fence. The aircraft stopped 100 metres (330 ft) past the end of runway 06 after it went over a road and broke into two sections.[1][2][3]


There were 157 passengers and 6 crew on the aircraft.[4][5] No deaths were reported directly following the incident.[6] Two passengers suffered broken legs. The majority of the injured were treated at Diamond Diagnostic Hospital then sent onto Georgetown Public Hospital, where 35 passengers were treated for leg, back and neck injuries. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair in the accident.[7][8][9][10]

Trinidad's Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar flew to Guyana to assess the situation, because the government of Trinidad and Tobago owns Caribbean Airlines.[11] Guyana's emergency response team appeared at the accident scene two hours after the incident. Further officials from the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were invited to Guyana to aid in investigations.[12][13] The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority will head the technical investigation, with assistance from the NTSB and the TTCAA.[14]


The Government Information Agency (GINA) Guyana reported the probable cause to be pilot error, stating: "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."[15]

Similar Incident[edit]

In 2018, a Fly Jamaica Airways Boeing 757 overran the runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport.


  1. ^ a b Aviation Safety Network (August 2011). "Accident description". Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Caribbean B738 bei Landung zerbrochen". 30 July 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  3. ^ Niles, Russ (July 2011). "No Fatalities in Guyana Overrun". AVweb. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  4. ^ "No fatalities as Caribbean Boeing 737-800 crashes in Guyana". Flight Global. 30 July 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Caribbean Airlines press release". Georgetown, Guyana: Caribbean Airlines. 30 July 2011. Archived from the original on 3 September 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  6. ^ "CRASH: Caribbean Airlines plane crashes in Guyana". Caribbean News Agency. 30 July 2011. 08:33:00. Retrieved 31 July 2011.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Accident: Caribbean B738 at Georgetown on Jul 30th 2011, overran runway". Georgetown, Guyana: AV Herald. 30 July 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  8. ^ Mohamed, Zulficar (30 July 2011). "Plane from New York crashes at Guyana airport". BBC. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  9. ^ Castillo, Mariano (30 July 2011). "Passengers safe after Guyana plane crash". CNN. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Commercial Plane Crashes in Guyana; No Deaths". ABC News. 30 July 2011. Archived from the original on 13 October 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  11. ^ "No fatalities as Caribbean Airlines craft crashes in Guyana". Kaieteur News.
  12. ^ "News". Bridgetown, St. Michael.
  13. ^ Staff writer (30 July 2011). "CRASH UPDATE: US to assist in probing Caribbean Airlines crash". Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  14. ^ "CARIBBEAN AIRLINES FLIGHT #523 STATEMENT 3: ISSUED 30 JULY 2011 AT 17.00HOURS Archived 2 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine." Caribbean Airlines. 30 July 2011. Retrieved on 4 August 2011.
  15. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-8BK (WL) 9Y-PBM Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 7 January 2018.

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