91 injured in US passenger plane crash
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 19:33
Washington: At least 91 people were hurt after an American Airlines plane overshot a runway and crashed into a fence in Kingston in Jamaica during bad weather, but none of the passengers had life-threatening injuries, officials said today.

Though 91 passengers were injured in the crash of the plane which arrived in Kingston from Miami, none of them was reported to be in critical condition. The flight, which originated from Washington, had 154 people aboard -- 148 passengers and six crew members.

Jamaican Information Minister Daryl Vaz said most of the injured had been released from hospitals. Four passengers may have to stay overnight at the hospital, Vaz said.

"The majority of injuries are broken bones and of course cuts and bruises and badly shaken up," Vaz was quoted as saying.

"Flight 331, the Boeing 737 aircraft, that was en route from Miami International Airport to Kingston in Jamaica's Norman Manley International Airport overran the runway on landing," the American Airlines said in a statement.

Tim Smith, an American Airlines spokesman, denied reports that the Boeing 737 broke into pieces but did say that there was damage to the fuselage, some cracks and the landing gear on one side of the plane collapsed.


First Published: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 19:33

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