Poor visibility resulting from rainfall may have caused a bizarre crash in Guyana on Saturday, officials have said.
Trinidadian Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar told the Trinidad Express that she was advised that the crash happened because of low visibility because of the rainfall. She also said decisions were made that if the airplane couldn't safely land then it would return to Trinidad, according to the Trinidad Express.
However, the plane crash-landed in Guyana on Saturday with 163 people board. No one was injured.
The Boeing 737-800 jet, which was coming from New York, overshot the rainy runway at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport after arriving in Georgetown, and broke apart. The landing cause several injuries.
"It was miraculous what happened because not a life was lost, not a fatality," Persad-Bissessar said after returning from Guyana, according to the Trinidad Express. She flew to the Guyana on Saturday to see the damage and meet the injured crew and passengers .
The Trinidadian pilot Fareed Dean reportedly told relatives that that the crash did happen because of poor visibility from the heavy rainfall.
Guyana's Stabroek News reported that the 52-year-old pilot was traumatized by the incident and suffered injuries to his legs also.
Dean reportedly said the runway had poor lighting, which contributed to the poor visibility when he tried to land the airplane around1:32 a.m. on Saturday. Dean along with his co-pilot and crew members are expected to receive professional counseling, according to Stabroek News.
In the meantime, an investigation into the crash is expected to begin with Guyana's Civil Aviation Authority taking the lead.
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority help the Guyanese officials with the investigation, according to Bloomberg.