Date & Time: Jul 30, 2011 at 0132 LT
Type of aircraft:
Boeing 737-800
Operator:
Registration:
9Y-PBM
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
New York - Port of Spain - Georgetown
MSN:
29635/2326
YOM:
2007
Flight number:
BW523
Country:
Guyana
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
156
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crew was performing an international schedule flight from New York to Georgetown with an intermediate stop in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Following an uneventful flight, crew started the descent by night but landed long. After touch down on runway 06 at Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan Airport, aircraft did not stop as expected, overrun and went down an embankment, broken in two. Five passengers were hurt while all other occupants were uninjured. Aircraft was destroyed.
Causes:
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. A wet runway surface was also considered as a contributory factor.