A Boeing 737 travelling from Guantanamo Bay slid off a runway in Jacksonville and went into shallow water with 136 passengers on board

Jacksonville PoliceA view of the Boeing 737 that slid off a runway in Jacksonville on Friday, May 3, 2019.
  • A Boeing 737 skidded off of a runway and into the St. Johns River, in Jacksonville, Florida, on Friday night at roughly 9:40 p.m. local time.
  • The plane was arriving at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville. There were 136 on board, and according to Reuters, there were no fatalities.
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A Boeing 737 skidded off of a runway and into the St. Johns River, in Jacksonville, Florida, on Friday night at roughly 9:40 p.m. local time.

The plane was arriving at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville. There were 136 passengers and seven crew members on board, according to a Facebook post from NAS Jacksonville.

“Minor injuries have been reported, treated at the scene, and those requiring additional treatment were transported to a local hospital,” NAS Jacksonville said in their statement. “There were no fatalities.”

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said 21 adults were taken to local hospitals. Those people were in good condition with “no critical injuries.” An investigation into the crash landing is underway.

The sheriff’s office said in a tweet that the plane was in “shallow water” and was “not submerged.” Two accompanying images show the plane, which has “Miami Air International” written on the side.

According to Reuters, “Miami Air International is a charter airline operating a fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft.”

In a tweet, Boeing said it was “aware of an incident in Jacksonville, Fla.” and “gathering information.”

CNN reported that the plane was travelling from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Jacksonville. The Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Facebook page confirmed the crash landing.

“The ‘Rotator’ experienced a crash landing at NAS Jacksonville earlier this evening,” according to the Facebook page. “No reports of fatalities or serious injuries. More information will be made available here as it becomes known.”

Cheryl Bormann, a defence attorney who was on the plane and planned to continue her trip home to Chicago, told CNN Friday night the ordeal was “terrifying” but praised the professionalism of the flight crew.

“We were preparing to land in Jacksonville as we were flying through a thunderstorm,” Bormann explained. “As we went down, we had a really hard landing. It lifted to the right, and then it lifted to the left. I hit my head on the plastic tray that was on the seat in front of me.”

She explained, “We couldn’t tell whether the water we landed on was a river or an ocean.”

NAS Jacksonville was not immediately available for comment.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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