Kingston -- Dec. 23, 2009 -- An American Airlines Flight, Number AA 331, was involved in a landing mishap last night (December 22), after it presumably overshot the runway at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA), in Kingston, Jamaica.
The incident took place during heavy rains, which have been affecting the island for the past two days.
Speaking with JIS News, Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Information, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who visited the scene, reported that there were no fatalities and that of the 145 passengers and 6 crew members on board, 90 were being treated for injuries. "Full emergency deployment took place," he said.
And, a press release from the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ), said that at approximately 10:25 p.m. American Airlines (AA 331), while in its final approach to landing, overshot the runway resulting in an accident. The injured passengers were taken to hospitals in Kingston. No fatality has been reported.
Thirty eight persons were treated at the Kingston Public Hospital; 35 at the University Hospital of the West Indies; 12 at Andrews Memorial Hospital, and five at Medical Associates.
The release also noted that emergency response was activated, with support from emergency units in the Municipality. The aircraft and crash site have been secured and the areas cordoned off by the security forces. Preliminary investigation is ongoing.
Vice President of Commercial Development and Marketing at the Norman Manley International Airport, Mr. Mark Williams, told JIS News in an interview that the airport is opened and that the first flight left at 6:45 a.m. this morning.