December 23, 2009 in Nation/World

Airliner overshoots runway

Associated Press

KINGSTON, Jamaica – An American Airlines flight from Miami Tuesday night overshot a runway during a heavy rainstorm in Kingston, injuring dozens of people, officials said.

There were no reports of fatalities.

Jamaican Information Minister Daryl Vaz said “the airplane is broken in two” and that 29 people were taken to Kingston Public Hospital. He said others were taken elsewhere, and some were treated at the airport.

Passenger Pilar Abaurrea described a chaotic scene as the plane skidded along the runway in heavy rain.

“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,” Abaurrea, of Keene, N.H., said in a telephone interview.

Kingston police officer Oneil Hinds at police headquarters said officers at the scene reported the plane ran off the end of the runway.

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