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150 escape Jamaican plane crash
Kingston, Dec 23 (Agencies):
Published on 23 Dec. 2009 10:59 PM IST
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More than 150 passengers aboard an American Airlines plane have had a lucky escape today after poor weather conditions over Jamaica’s Norman Manley International airport caused the in-bound jet to overshoot the runway and break apart. According to preliminary reports, the Boeing 737 plane failed to stop upon landing and ran through the airport’s perimeter fencing. The aircraft’s ongoing momentum then carried it into an embankment, which led to the jet breaking into several pieces before eventually coming to a halt on a nearby beach. Amazingly, a statement released by American Airlines has revealed there were no serious injuries sustained during the crash. However, the Caribbean holiday island’s information minister, Daryl Vaz, has commented that at least 40 people did suffer minor injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment. While the cause of the crash is presently unknown, initial indications suggest the area around Kingston and Norman Manley International Airport was being pelted by extremely heavy rain as the aircraft came in to land. American Airlines has said it is currently working alongside U.S. authorities to properly investigate the incident.

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