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Plane carrying Blair overshoots runway

Published Dec. 27, 2006

A commercial jet carrying British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his family slightly overshot a runway at Miami International Airport on Tuesday, but the plane was not damaged and no injuries were reported, officials said.

British Airways Flight 209 from London ran over a couple of airfield lights after landing about 6:15 p.m. but did not leave the pavement and returned to the gate under its own power, airport spokesman Marc Henderson said.

The plane stopped just past the official end of the runway, said Laura Brown, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman.

Blair was among the 343 passengers, but no additional information about his trip was available, U.S. Secret Service spokeswoman Kim Bruce said.

It wasn't revealed where the Blair family was going, but they have vacationed in Bermuda.