NTSB launches team to assist Guyana investigators

The US National Transportation Safety Board has launched a team of investigators today to assist the government of Guyana with its investigation into the accident at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Georgetown, Guyana, involving a scheduled passenger flight.
On July 30, at approximately 1:25 am (EDT), Caribbean Airlines flight 523, (Trinidad & Tobago registration 9Y-PBM), en route from Trinidad to Guyana, overran the runway during landing at Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana. Preliminary information from the Guyana CAA indicated that one serious and multiple minor injuries were reported aboard the Boeing 737-800, carrying 156 passengers and six crew members.
The NTSB designated Bob Benzon as the US Accredited Representative. He will lead the U.S. team, which includes seven NTSB staff with expertise in operations, meteorology, airworthiness, survival factors, and aircraft performance as well as representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing. The team is scheduled to arrive in Guyana this evening.
The Guyana CAA is leading the accident investigation. The accident aircraft recorders have been recovered and, at the request of the CAA, will be transported to NTSB headquarters in Washington, DC to be downloaded.
Canadian company Intelcan is currently installing an instrument landing system at Cheddi Jagan International Airport as part of the $3.5 million upgrade.