December 23, 2009 – Kingston, Jamaica…[Nigel Coke/IAD]
Pastor Adrian Cotterell, president of the East Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is among the more than 40 persons who were reported to be injured when American Airlines Flight # 331 crashed while landing at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica at approximately 10:25 p.m. last night. There were 148 passengers and crew on board. Pastor Cotterell received injuries to his mouth and forehead. He was treated at hospital and is now resting at home.
“I have to give God thanks in spite of everything,” said, Pastor Cotterell. “I have nothing that I had brought on the flight, but I have life. It was a rough trip from Miami with turbulences for most part of it. It’s a miracle of God that everyone who was aboard the flight is alive.”
“We are giving God thanks this morning that lives were spared and there were no lives lost,” said Pastor Derek Bignall, president of the Adventist Church in the West Indies. Our prayers are with those who were badly injured are still in pain and will be immobile during this festive season.”
Heavy rains have been reported during the time of the incident yet investigators are still studying the cause of the accident.