NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


December 23, 2009

The National Transportation Safety Board dispatched a team of investigators to assist the government of Jamaica in its investigation of an accident involving an American Airlines B737-800 (N977AN) yesterday evening.  At approximately 10:00 pm local time, the aircraft, operating as flight 331 from Miami, Florida, overshot the end of the runway while landing at Kingston, Jamaica in heavy rain, crossed a road and stopped on a beach. There were 148 passengers on board, and 6 crew.  Multiple injuries have been reported.

NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman has designated senior air safety investigator John Lovell as the U.S. Accredited Representative.  The U.S. team will also include five NTSB aviation specialists as well as technical advisors from the Federal Aviation Administration, American Airlines, Boeing Aircraft Company, and GE Aircraft Engines.

The investigation is being conducted by the government of Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, which will release all information on the progress of the investigation. The agency's phone number is (876) 960-3965; the agency's email address is jcivav@toj.com.

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.