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Weather woes continue for holiday travelers

Here's a daytime look at that American Airlines plane that overshot the runway last night in Kingston, Jamaica. The flight, which began at Reagan National in Washington, had severe turbulence and was attempting to land in heavy rain, according to news reports.

Looks like the fuselage cracked in half - similar to what happened to a Turkish Airlines flight that crash landed in Amsterdam earlier this year. Better ending though, so far, since there are no fatalities. The Amsterdam crash ended with 9 deaths. Not sure about the condition of the plane. It was a Boeing 737-800, as was the Turkish plane.

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Makes me wonder whether the plane is supposed to stay intact after a rough landing? Or if the turbulence somehow damaged the fuselage before landing? I'm no aircraft expert, here, but it seems possible. Mechanical issue - possible, too. But it's also possible that the crash is the result of the most common problem in life: human error.

Photo: Associated Press

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