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Caribbean Airlines plane crashes in Guyana

A PLANE has crashed and broken in two on landing at Guyana's main airport in the capital, Georgetown, causing injuries but no deaths.

The Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737-800 flight BW-523 from New York had 163 people aboard.

The plane apparently overshot the runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport during wet weather, reports the BBC.

It halted near a 200-ft (61-m) ravine that could have resulted in dozens of deaths, Guyana's president said.

"We are very, very grateful that more people were not injured," Bharrat Jagdeo added, quoted by AP news agency.

The airport was due to re-open at 1000 local time (1400 GMT).

There were 157 passengers and six crew aboard the plane when the accident occurred at 0132 local time, according to a statement from Caribbean Airlines.

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