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US Jetliner Overshoots Runway in Jamaica, Injuries Reported


Jamaican officials say 91 people were taken to the hospital after an American Airlines jetliner overshot the runway in the island's capital of Kingston late Tuesday.

The Boeing 737 was carrying 154 people when it skidded off the runway at Norman Manley International Airport after landing during a heavy rainstorm. The plane went through a fence and skidded over a road before coming to rest on a beach.

The injuries included broken bones. American Airlines says all but two of those hospitalized have been released.

The flight originated from Washington's Reagan National Airport, and stopped in Miami before heading to Kingston.

A spokesman for American Airlines says part of the plane's landing gear collapsed, and one engine on the right side fell off the wing from the impact.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.