US probe into Jamaica crash over

A report is expected this week from a team of US investigators probing last Tuesday’s, 22 December, crash of an American Airlines plane on the Port Royal Main Road.
The document, which will be in the form of a field report, is to be presented on Thursday by personnel from the US National Transport Safety Board.
It will be submitted to Jamaica’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
It is expected to shed more light on what caused the American Airlines Boeing 737 to overshoot the runway at the Norman Manley International Airport and crash on the shoreline.
However, Director-General of the CAA, Lieutenant Colonel Oscar Darby, says the contents of the report will not be made public for a while.
“Members of the National Transport Safety Board will be able to write their actual field report which will be left with the CAA from which we will be able to write a draft final report,” Colonel Darby said.
“This draft final report will not be made known until it is circulated to all the interested parties for their comments and for further investigation to continue if necessary based on the comments and eventually the final report will be done after all the comments are done.’
In the meantime, Colonel Darby says the coordinating centre which is overseeing the probe into the accident will be relocated from the Norman Manley International Airport to the CAA.

The accident site was cleared early Tuesday morning when the midsection of the American Airlines plane was removed by a large crane.
With the removal of the plane’s wreckage now complete the authorities are faced with the task of cleaning up the oil spill which occurred following Tuesday’s accident.
Lieutenant Darby says the National Environmental Planning Agency (NEPA) is making checks to determine the extent of the contamination.
“The fuel, you might recall that the right wing broke and the fuel leaked out of the aircraft into the sand. NEPA is going to inspect to determine the degree of contamination and seek to have that rectified,” Colonel Darby said.

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