National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident that occurred last night at Miami International Airport involving a British Airways Boeing 747. There were no injuries to the 368 persons aboard, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his family.
At approximately 6:15 p.m. EST, December 26, British Airways flight 209 from London landed on runway 30 at Miami International Airport. The aircraft was a Boeing 747-400, registration G-BNLM. After slowing to taxi speed, the aircraft taxied beyond the end of the runway and went into the paved runway overrun area. In so doing, it knocked down two approximately 12-inch-high approach lights for runway 12 (the same runway in the opposite direction).
The aircraft was towed onto a taxiway, at which time it proceeded under its own power to the gate. An inspection revealed no damage to the aircraft or its tires and it subsequently departed on its scheduled return flight to London.
Jeff Kennedy from the NTSB's Southeast Regional Office in Miami is the Investigator-in-Charge of this incident. Damage to the runway lights has been documented and the Safety Board will collect statements from the flight crew.
NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.