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Last updated: 23 September 2018
Date:Saturday 30 July 2011
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-8BK (WL)
Operator:Caribbean Airlines
Registration: 9Y-PBM
C/n / msn: 29635/2326
First flight: 2007-07-06 (4 years )
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B26
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 156
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 162
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO) (   Guyana)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Port of Spain-Piarco Airport (POS/TTPP), Trinidad and Tobago
Destination airport:Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO/SYCJ), Guyana
Flightnumber: 523
A Boeing 737-800 passenger plane, 9Y-PBM, was destroyed when it suffered a runway excursion accident at Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO), Guyana. One serious and multiple minor injuries were reported among the 156 passengers and six crewmembers on board the plane.
Caribbean Airlines Flight BW523 flight departed Port of Spain (POS), Trinidad & Tobago on a scheduled flight to Georgetown. The airplane landed on runway 06 (a 7,448-ft / 2,270-m long asphalt runway) but failed to stop on the runway surface. It overran and came to rest near a 200-ft (61-m) ravine. The airplane broke in two.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "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."

Runway excursion

» Government Information Agency (GINA) Guyana


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Port of Spain-Piarco Airport to Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan International Airport as the crow flies is 565 km (353 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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