Forty passengers were reported injured after an American Airlines plane crashed and broke in two after landing at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston shortly after 10:00 pm Tuesday.
“The injured passengers have been taken to the Kingston Public Hospital,” Information Minister Daryl Vaz told the Observer. “There are no reports of fatalities.”
Airline spokesman Charley Wilson said in a short statement there were no reports of fatalities in the accident that occured about 10:22 p.m. local time.
The flight from Miami was carrying 148 passengers and 6 crew members, the airline said.
“The injured passengers have been taken to the Kingston Public Hospital,” Information Minister Daryl Vaz told the Jamaica Observer. “There are no reports of fatalities.”
Additional details were not available, but passengers at the airport told local media that the plane attempted to land in heavy rain when the crash occurred.
Kingston Policeman Oneil Hinds at police headquarters said officers at the scene reported the plane ran off the end of the runway. He said the plane was damaged but did not break apart.
The flight originated in Washington, D.C., before going on to Miami.
“The plane crashed and broke almost in front of me,” passenger Naomi Palmer told the Jamaica Observer. Palmer also said she was in some pain.
Emergency vehicle sirens could be heard as she spoke via cell phone.
Preliminary reports suggest there are no serious injuries, says American. The aircraft, flight number 331, was carrying 148 passengers and a crew of six
The flight originated in Ronald Reagan Washington National and stopped at Miami before flying on to Kingston, says American.
The Jamaica incident is the second runway mishap for American this month. On Dec. 13, the wing of American MD-82 struck the runway in Charlotte, North Carolina, while landing, causing damage to the plane. No one was hurt.
American Airlines established a phone number for concerned friends and relatives:
Within the USA call : 800-245-0999 ; from Jamaica call 800-872-2881