Plane with 140 people aboard skids off runway into Florida river

Plane with 140 people aboard skids off runway into Florida river

A Boeing 737 jet has skidded and crashed off a runway in a major incident at an airport in Florida.

In a miracle rescue, it has been reported all 136 passengers and seven crew on board the aircraft survived the crash.
The incident, which occured at about 9.40pm on Friday, saw the Boeing aircraft skid in to the St Johns River in Jacksonville in the north east of the state.

There were two “very minor” injuries, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane was operated by Miami Air International which is not a major US airline.

It is believed the 737 had been chartered by the Department of Defence in the US and was landing after a flight from the naval bases at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba.

A Boeing 737 plane arriving from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba went off the runway into the St. Johns River in Florida on Friday night, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said.

“I’ve been briefed that all lives have been accounted for,” the mayor tweeted.
The plane is in shallow water and not submerged, and everyone is alive, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.
The plane slid off a runway into the St. Johns River at 9:40 p.m. ET, a spokesman from the Naval Air Station Jacksonville said. It appears to have skidded off the airport runway while trying to land and ended up in the river, CNN affiliate WJXT reported.
The plane was arriving “from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba into Naval Air Station Jacksonville ” and crashed into the river at the end of the runway, Naval Air Station Jacksonville
“Navy security and emergency response personnel are on the scene and monitoring the situation,” it said.

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