The weather worsened prior to the crash of American Airlines Flight 331 in Jamaica. Visibility dropped from 1.25 to 0.75 of a mile in intense rainfall just as the plane was landing. Winds were out of the northwest and increased to over 15 mph. The runway is oriented northwest to southeast, and the plane apparently was landing with a tailwind, which which would have meant an increase in speed during landing. A combination of poor visibility due to intense rain, a strong tailwind due to the storm and hydroplaning on the wet runway may have all been factors in the overshoot of the runway.

The Associated Press reports the plane skidded across a road at Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport. The plane came to a rest at the edge of the Caribbean Sea. Its nose was less than 10 feet from the water. An upward slope of the sand was said to have kept the plane from entering the water.

The incident took place at 10:20 p.m. EST Tuesday night. Heavy rain at that time had dropped visibility to 0.75 of a mile. Drenching rain was falling along a stationary front draped over the north-central Caribbean Islands. It had been raining at Kingston since 8 p.m.

Flight 331 was traveling from Miami to Kingston, after originating in Washington, D.C., with 148 passengers and six crew members on board. About 44 people were reportedly taken to the hospital. CNN, however, states that number is 91.

American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith told the Associated Press that there was damage to the fuselage, the right engine broke off and the landing gear on the plane's left side had collapsed.

Story by Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski