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US investigators to discuss AA crash next week

Published: Wednesday January 23, 2013 | 2:10 pm Comments 0
A policeman surveys the crash site of American Airline Flight 331 - file photo.
A policeman surveys the crash site of American Airline Flight 331 - file photo.

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor
The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre

A team from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), in the US is expected in the island next week, to review the report into the December 2009 American Airlines crash in Kingston.

Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority, Colonel Oscar Derby, said the team will be going through the report to ensure there are no disparities in the document.

He said he will be meeting with members of the NTSB next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Colonel Derby said after those meetings, the report will be edited and then published.

He said the report will also be sent to the Minister of Transport Dr. Omar Davies and the Cabinet before it is made public.

On December 22, 2009 American Airlines flight 331, with more than 100 passengers on board, overshot the runway at the Norman Manley International Airport, went through a fence and broke into three pieces when it landed on a nearby beach along the Port Royal Main Road.

The airline has since paid millions of dollars in damages to passengers, who were injured in the crash.

The cause of the crash is expected to be outlined in the long-awaited report.

Bad weather and poor lighting at the airport have been cited as two of the possible contributors to the crash.

The NTSB has been assisting personnel from the civil aviation authority to determine the exact cause of the incident.

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