Saturday, July 13

Boeing 737 Plane With 143 On Board Slides Into St. Johns River In Jacksonville

A Boeing 737 aircraft arriving at the naval air station in Jacksonville, Fla., from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, skidded into the St. Johns River on Friday night.

Every one of the 136 travelers and seven flight team individuals on board are alive and represented, authorities at Naval Air Station Jacksonville said in an announcement. Twenty-one grown-ups were transported to local hospitals with minor wounds announced.

“Non-critical status is what we had of the 21 individuals transported [to local hospitals],” Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department representative Tom Francis said.

Authorities did not promptly say what made the plane depart the runway.

Amid a news conference, Capt. Michael P. Connor, the commanding officer at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, said “the cause of the mishap has yet to be determined.” He said the air ship’s travelers were a mix of civilians and military personnel.

“I think it is a miracle,” Connor told reporters. “We could be talking about a different story.”

In the wake of securing the travelers’ safety, Connor said groups started attempting to contain any jet fuel leaks, as per the Associated Press.

The jet, which went off the runway at 9:40 p.m. ET, was in “shallow water” and “not submerged,” the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter.

Naval force security and crisis reaction staff were on the scene, and an examination concerning the mishap is as of now in progress, as per the Navy’s announcement.

Connor said the National Transportation Safety Board is heading to Jacksonville to attempt to figure out what turned out badly.

Boeing additionally said it was exploring the incident.

“We are aware of an incident in Jacksonville, Fla. and are gathering information,” the organization said in a tweet.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry posted various updates on Twitter for the duration of the night. He said the White House called to help as the situation unfolded.

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