An American Airlines flight carrying 154 passengers slid off a runway while landing in torrential rain in Jamaica, Tuesday. Credit: CNN
On Tuesday, an American Airlines flight carrying 154 passengers slid off a runway while landing in torrential rain in Jamaica, stopping just short of the Caribbean Sea. The impact severely damaged the aircraft — which broke into three separate pieces — and caused the Boeing 737’s engines to shear off the wings. Thankfully, there were no fatalities; 91 people were taken to hospitals where they were evaluated and most were released.
On Wednesday, a Ryanair flight skidded off the runway in Scotland, coming to a stop 30 yards from a busy road. Amazingly, there were no injuries.
These incidents bring to mind a series of high-profile commercial aviation accidents that occurred earlier this year.
In January, the world watched in awe of the U.S. Airways “Miracle on the Hudson.” In February, the nation mourned the fatal crash of a Continental Airlines flight over Buffalo and took note of a Turkish Airlines crash in Amsterdam where nine were killed and dozens more injured.