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No Deaths, 40 Injured In Jamaica Airline Crash


WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- An American Airlines Boeing 737 has overshot the runway while landing at the international airport in Kingston, Jamaica, causing 40 injuries but no fatalities, a local newspaper reported.

"The injured passengers have been taken to the Kingston Public Hospital," Jamaican Information Minister Daryl Vaz told the Jamaica Observer. "There are no reports of fatalities."

The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper said three of the injured were seriously hurt.

An FAA spokeswoman told Reuters the plane was American Airlines flight 331 from Miami. The flight originated in Washington, D.C.

The plane crashed and broke in two after landing, Fox News said on its website, quoting local reports.

The "Jamaica Observer" newspaper said the plane arrived in pouring rain at around 10 p.m. local time and overshot the runway. CNN.com quoted Omar Lawrence, the airport's operations coordinator, as saying there were 145 passengers and seven crewmembers aboard.

One passenger, Natalie Hendricks, called her brother in law in Orlando and reported there were no fatalities, the "Miami Herald" said on its website.
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