The American Airlines plane that crashed at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica, apparently touched down in the middle of the runway. This, according to experts, was too late for a Boeing 737-800 plane. The runway at the airport measures a bit over 8,000 feet; the plane touched down at 4,000 and “bounced once” before the brakes engaged.
Investigations are still underway into the cause of the crash, but I just heard on the radio that the plane was mechanically sound at the time of crash. There was a tailwind, and the flight crew were advised of it, but the still opted to land.
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The Jamaica Observer, which was the first newspaper to cover the recent crash of American Airlines Flight 331, continues coverage of the crash. The plane was hoisted away to a nearby hangar last night.
Civil Aviation Authorities expect transcripts from the flight’s data recorder next week, and are nearing the end of their investigations.
The real heroes of the disaster were interviewed. One woman witnessed the plane come down just meters from the city bus that she was driving.
One couple with two young children missed this fateful flight, and has some sage advice for fellow travellers.