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A Boeing 737 slid off a runway into a river in the United States

– The plane was carrying 136 passengers and 7 crew members

– No casualties was recorded but about 21 passengers sustained minor injuries

The Boeeing 737 carrying 143 people fell into the shallow river in Florida. Photo credit: Jacksonvill Sherrif's office Source: UGC

The Boeeing 737 carrying 143 people fell into the shallow river in Florida. Photo credit: Jacksonvill Sherrif’s office Source: UGC

A charter plane carrying 143 people and travelling from Cuba to north Florida in the US ended up in a river at the end of a runway, though no critical injuries or deaths were reported, officials said.

A Boeing 737 arriving at Naval Air Station Jacksonville from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with 136 passengers and seven aircrew slid off the runway into the St Johns River, a NAS Jacksonville news release said.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office posted on Twitter that a marine unit responded to assist. The plane was in shallow water and not submerged. Everyone on the plane was alive and accounted for, the agency posted, with 21 adults transported to local hospitals in good condition.

A Boeing 737 commercial jet with 136 people on board has slid into the St. John's River near Jacksonville, Florida after landing.

A Boeing 737 commercial jet with 136 people on board has slid into the St. John’s River near Jacksonville, Florida after landing.

A Boeing 737 commercial jet with 136 people on board has slid into the St. John's River near Jacksonville, Florida after landing.

A Boeing 737 commercial jet with 136 people on board has slid into the St. John’s River near Jacksonville, Florida after landing.

 

Statement from Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The NAS Jax reference the airplane incident in the St. Johns River. 

“Release Number: 034-19 May 3, 2019
For Immediate Release
NAS Jacksonville, Fla. – At approximately 9:40 p.m. today, a Boeing 737 arriving from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba into Naval Air Station Jacksonville slid off the runway into the St. Johns River.
There were 136 passengers and seven aircrew on board and all have been accounted for. Minor injuries have been reported, treated at the scene, and those requiring additional treatment were transported to a local hospital. There were no fatalities.
Navy security and emergency response personnel are on the scene and monitoring the situation.
Families members who were expecting the arrival of passengers should stand by until they are released.
An investigation into the mishap is underway.

Statement from Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The NAS Jax reference the airplane incident in the St. Johns River. 

Statement from Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The NAS Jax reference the airplane incident in the St. Johns River.

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