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Final draft of AA crash report complete

Published:Monday | July 18, 2011 | 9:49 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority has now completed its final draft of the report into the December 2009 American Airlines plane crash.

During heavy rains on the night of December 22, 2009, the plane crashed and broke into three pieces after overshooting the runway at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority Lieutenant Colonel Oscar Derby,

said the agency has made a conclusion about the cause of the crash, but cannot yet make the findings public.

There were conflicting claims about the cause of the crash, including the airport’s malfunctioning approach lights and incompetent stewardship by the pilots.

The lights have since been fixed and other improvements were made to the Norman

Manley International Airport.

View flash representation of the final moments of flight AA 331

The Civil Aviation Authority has reported that information from the flight data

recorder, and subsequent checks, indicated that the plane’s apparatus for stopping were working and that the rate of deceleration appeared normal for a wet runway.

In the 2009 crash, the plane reportedly skidded off the runway, went through a

fence, and then crashed on a nearby beach causing injuries to several passengers.