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Passenger plane crashes in Jamaica

2009-12-23 11:00

Kingston - Forty passengers were injured when an American Airlines jet crashed late on Tuesday at Kingston's international airport, Jamaican Information Minister Daryl Vaz told the Jamaica Observer newspaper.

American Airlines Flight 331, carrying 148 passengers and six crew members, was en route from Miami to Kingston, the airline confirmed to AFP.

The plane overshot the runway, according to local media reports.

"The injured passengers have been taken to the Kingston Public Hospital," Vaz told the Observer, adding that there were no reports of fatalities.

Local media said the Boeing 737 plane broke in two after landing in heavy rain at Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport at about 22:00 (0300 GMT on Wednesday).

American Airlines "will not speculate on the cause of the incident," airline spokesman Billy Sanez said in a recorded statement.

"The plane crashed and broke almost in front of me," passenger Naomi Palmer told the Observer as emergency vehicles raced to the scene.