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Firefighters arrested after thefts from plane that crash-landed in Guyana

Last Updated Nov 13, 2018 at 6:44 pm EST

Guyanese firefighters have been arrested after items were allegedly stolen from bags after an airplane bound for Toronto crash-landed, the superintendent of Guyana’s police service confirmed.

According to the Guyana Standard, cash and gadgets belonging to both passengers and crew members were removed from the Boeing 757-200 when the firefighters were helping passengers off the plane. The report says eight firefighters were arrested.

A Toronto passenger who was on the flight claims his iPhone was among other items stolen.

Invor Bedessee says several items were missing from his bag following the crash-landing, including his iPhone 6, three chargers, a battery pack, his keys, an iWatch charger, over US$1,000, sunglasses and reading glasses.

“I am very upset … My life flashed before my eyes, I was and still am in total shock,” he told CityNews. “the least of my worries should be if my personal items are safe.”

The pilot also reportedly lost cash and his cellphone.

The Guyana Standard is reporting one of the firefighters admitted to police he took one of the gadgets and has since surrendered it.

The Fly Jamaica flight en route to Toronto crash-landed early Friday morning at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport after the plane had a hydraulic problem about 40 minutes after takeoff.

There were 82 Canadians on board on the plane, which was carrying 118 people, two infants and eight crew members. All passengers survived and six people had only minor injuries.