American Airlines Flight 331 Crash in Kingston, Jamaica
- A Boeing 737-800 operating as American Airlines Flight 331 overran the runway on landing at Norman Manley International Airport.
- The National Transportation Safety Board is assisting the government of Jamaica with the accident investigation.
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 from 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 an 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 is following the investigation because the initial information indicated that the accident may raise aviation safety issues common with other runway overrun cases that the firm has litigated, including an accident involving American Airlines Flight 1420 on June 1, 1999, in Little Rock, Arkansas, which seems to be strikingly similar to this crash.