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AMERICAN AIRLINES STATEMENT REGARDING FLIGHT 331 Release #2 @ 1:25 (a.m.) U.S. Central Time

FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ — On Tuesday, December 22, 2009, American Airlines Flight 331, a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, overran the runway on landing at Kingston, Jamaica’s Norman Manley International Airport. The flight originated out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, operated into Miami International Airport, and then operated into Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport.

Preliminary reports indicate there are no critical injuries. The aircraft was carrying 148 passengers and a crew of six.

“The care of our passengers and crew members is our highest priority and we will offer all the assistance necessary,” said Gerard Arpey, American’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

American Airlines is in direct contact with officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration and is cooperating fully with appropriate authorities. American Airlines cannot speculate as to possible causes of the incident. At this point, no additional details can be confirmed.

Anyone who believes they have family members or friends aboard Flight 331 may contact American Airlines at the following toll-free numbers: (800) 245-0999 for calls originating in the United States; (800) 872-2881 for calls originating in Jamaica. Family members from other locations outside the U.S. may contact American through the AT&T; Direct Access system. Callers should dial the local AT&T; Access telephone number, which can be found at, for the country from which they are calling. Once in the AT&T; system, callers can then dial American toll-free at (800) 245-0999. Family members in Canada, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin islands can call the (800) 245-0999 number directly. Non-family members are asked not to call those numbers so the lines can be kept available for those who truly need them.

SOURCE American Airlines


Compared to the catastrophe this could have been, everyone was extremely lucky. But clearly there were injuries on board and all injured deserve compensation. Those injuries may not just be the broken bones and back pain being reported now, but brain injury and PTSD. See our related blog at

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