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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

American Airlines Flight Crashes at Jamaica Airport

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

BREAKING NEWS — An American Airlines plane carrying 152 people skidded off the runway and broke in two Tuesday night after landing in Kingston, Jamaica, injuring at least 40 people, according to local news reports.
Airline spokesman Charley Wilson said in a short statement there were no immediate reports of fatalities in the crash that occured about 10:22 p.m. local time Tuesday.
The plane was carrying 145 passengers and 7 crew members, an operations coordinator at Norman Manley International Airport said.
Additional details were not available, but passengers at the airport told local media that Flight 331 had just arrived from Miami in heavy rain when the crash occurred.
The flight was reported to have originated in Washington, D.C.
An airport official said the plane overshot the runway and persons were being evacuated, with some sent to hospital.
"The plane crashed and broke almost in front of me," said passenger Naomi Palmer to the Jamaica Observer. Palmer said she was in some pain.



ABC News-National - More Headlines
Flight Misses Jamaica Runway; No Injuries Reported
Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:50 AM EST

UK-BBC-World - More Headlines
Plane 'overshoots Jamaica runway'
Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:40 AM EST

UK-BBC-World - More Headlines
US aeroplane 'crashes' in Jamaica
Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:30 AM EST


Workers sift through debris surrounding the fuselage of American Airlines flight AA331 which crash landed overnight on a flight from Miami to Jamaica, just beyond the runway of Norman Manley International Airport, in Kingston Jamaica, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009. More than 40 people were injured, at least 4 seriously, and there were no fatalities, according to officials, after the plane overshot the runway in Jamaica when it landed in heavy rain. (AP Photo/Lloyd Robinson) JAMAICA OUT
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The remains of American Airlines Flight AA 331 which crashed ...
Reuters
Wed Dec 23, 12:16 PM ET
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The remains of American Airlines Flight AA 331 which crashed on landing at Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport late on the night of December 22, 2009. The American Airlines Boeing 737 carrying 154 passengers and crew overshot the runway while landing in driving rain in Jamaica late on Tuesday, cracking its fuselage and halting just short of the Caribbean sea, authorities and eyewitnesses said. Picture taken December 22, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew P.
Smith (JAMAICA - Tags: SOCIETY DISASTER TRANSPORT)
Workers and officials sift through debris surrounding the fuselage ...
AP
Wed Dec 23, 11:01 AM ET
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Workers and officials sift through debris surrounding the fuselage of American Airlines flight AA331 which crash landed overnight on a flight from Miami to Jamaica, just beyond the runway of Norman Manley International Airport, in Kingston Jamaica, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009. More than 40 people were injured, at least 4 seriously, and there were no fatalities, according to officials, after the plane overshot the runway in Jamaica when it landed in heavy rain.
(AP Photo/Lloyd Robinson) JAMAICA OUT
          

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