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AA Boeing 737 Crashes in Kingston, Jamaica

Posted by feww on December 24, 2009

American Airlines Boeing 737 overshot the runway in Kingston, Jamaica

‘American Airlines Flight 331 had endured the crowded airports and delays of holiday travel, and were moments from their Caribbean destination. Suddenly, everything seemed to spin out of control.’ AP reported.

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. Image may be subject to copyright.

The Boeing 737-800 slammed into the runway at Kingston International Airport on touchdown, skidded to a halt near the sea and the fuselage broke up into several pieces.

“I just wanted to get the hell out of there, as far as I could, because I could smell the fumes, and I knew that if it blew, it could be a pretty big fireball,” a passenger said.

Of the 154 people aboard, 92 were taken to hospitals, more than 40 were admitted, at least 4 seriously, though none with life-threatening injuries,  according to Jamaican Information Minister, with a female victim requiring surgery for a broken nose and lacerations to her face.

“If the plane was going faster, it would have gone into the sea,” Jamaica’s Transport Minister said, calling the incident a “Christmas miracle.” [A possible conclusion, don’t fly to Jamaica, unless it’s Christmas time.]

“At this point, it’s now going to be in the hands of the NTSB and the FAA, plus any Jamaican government authorities that may be involved, and to start and sort of backtrack and see what happened and how it can be prevented from happening again,” an AA spokesperson said.

“All of a sudden, when it hit the ground, the plane was kind of bouncing. Someone said the plane was skidding and there was panic,” a passenger said.

“Next thing I know, I hear a crashing sound, then the sound of twisting metal. It all happened so fast, but when the plane came to rest, that’s when the screaming and the carrying on started,”  a 37-year-old passenger said.

“Everybody’s overhead baggage started to fall. Literally, it was like being in a car accident. People were screaming, I was screaming … There was smoke and debris everywhere,” after the plane finally halted, another passenger said.

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