American Airlines Flight 331 Crash in Kingston, Jamaica.
On Tuesday, December 22, 2009, at approximately 10:22 p.m., EST, American Airlines Flight 331, a Boeing 737-800, overran the runway on landing at Kingston, Jamaica's Norman Manley International Airport. The flight originated at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, with its first leg to Miami International Airport, and crashed on its second leg to Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport.
The National Transportation Safety Board has assembled an investigative team to assist the Government of Jamaica with the investigation.
The rights of the passengers are governed by international treaty, which provides a right to compensation for injuries sustained in accidents that occur on international flights, such as Flight 331. The current state of the law, however, requires a physical injury as a prerequisite to recovery.
Kreindler & Kreindler LLP is following the investigation because the initial information indicated that the accident may raise aviation safety issues common with other runway overrun cases the firm has litigated, including the June 1, 1999 American Airlines Flight 1420 accident in Little Rock, Arkansas which seems to be strikingly similar to this crash.