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Britain’s leader endures rough landing at airport

December 27, 2006

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— Britain's leader endured a bumpy landing in Miami, but Tony Blair - and the rest of the passengers - debarked uninjured.

British Airways flight 209 from London slightly overshot a runway at Miami International Airport on Tuesday. No injuries were reported, and the undamaged plane returned to the gate on its own power, officials said.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said the plane stopped just past the official end of the runway after landing around 6:15 p.m.

"It landed safely on the runway. It slowed down. It was going at taxiway speed and they just missed a turn," Brown said.

Brown said the FAA would be looking into the incident, but she did not know whether there would be a formal investigation.

Blair and family members of his were among the 343 passengers on the plane, but no additional information about his trip was available, U.S. Secret Service spokeswoman Kim Bruce said.

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