The Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737-800 flight BW-523, which carried 163 people on board including 157 passengers and six crew from New York, had broken in two on landing at Georgetown, Guyana's main airport in the capital, after overshooting the rainy runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport and crashing through a chain-link fence on Saturday, July 30, 2011.
This accident caused injuries, but fortunately no deaths.
"It's an absolute miracle that took place today." said Caribbean Airlines chairman George Nicholas.
After the plane crash, authorities temporarily closed the Guyana airport, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded and delaying dozens of flights. The main terminal reopened late Saturday morning to only a couple of small planes.
The scene of the plane accident that caused no deaths
A passenger, 42-year-old Adis Cambridge, said: "I realised that everything was on top of me, people and bags. I was the second to last person to get off that plane in the dark…I hit my head on the roof. It was so scary."
Rescuers try to free passengers from the wreckage in the dark
"The plane sped up as if attempting to take off again. It is then that I smelled gas in the cabin and people started to shout and holler." another passenger named Geeta Ramsingh, 41, of Philadelphia said. "I am in pain, but very thankful to be alive." she added.
A few passengers sustained bruises, with one suffering a broken leg
Health Minister Leslie Ramsammy said: "We must be the luckiest country and luckiest set of people in the world to escape so lightly." He also said more than 30 people were taken to the hospital, only three of those had to be admitted for a broken leg, bumps, cuts and bruises.
The plane had made a stop in Trinidad en route from New York
Majority-owned by Trinidad and Tobago with Jamaica holding a minority stake, the Caribbean Airlines does not have a history of serious safety problems
Guyana's President Bharrat Jagdeo said the plane halted near a 200-ft (61-m) ravine that could have left dozens dead. "We are very, very grateful that more people were not injured." Mr Jagdeo added.
President Bharrat Jagdeo (left) speaks to reporters at the airport
Plane from New York Crashes in Guyana