Boeing 737 With 143 On Board Falls Into River In US, 21 Injured
A Boeing jetliner with 143 humans aboard from the US beginning at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, slid off a aerodrome into a coffer river in Jacksonville, Florida, on Friday while attempting to acreage at a aggressive abject there during a thunderstorm, abasing 21 people.
There were no letters of fatalities or analytical injuries. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Appointment said on Twitter that all 21 of the afflicted were taken to a hospital, area they were listed in acceptable condition.
The plane, a accountant Boeing 737-800 accession from Naval Base Guantanamo Bay in Cuba with 136 cartage and seven aggregation members, comatose into the St Johns river at the end of the aerodrome at Naval Air Base Jacksonville at about 9:40 message bounded time, a agent for the Florida air abject said.
"The even was not submerged. Every being is animate and accounted for," the sheriff's appointment said on Twitter.
The sheriff's cheep was accompanied by two photographs assuming the plane, address the logo of Miami Air International, comatose in coffer baptize and absolutely intact.
The ambassador of Jacksonville, Lenny Curry, said on Twitter that US President Donald Trump had alleged him to action help.
"No fatalities reported. We are all in this together," Curry said in a abstracted tweet.
A commuter on lath the plane, advocate Cheryl Bormann, told CNN in an account that the flight, which had been four hours backward in departing, fabricated a "really harder landing" in Jacksonville amidst barrage and lightning.
"We came down, the even actually hit the arena and bounced. It was bright the pilot did not accept absolute ascendancy of the plane. It bounced again," she said, abacus that the acquaintance was "terrifying."
Bormann said she hit her arch on a artificial tray on the bench in foreground of her as the even veered alongside and off the runway. "We were in the water, we couldn't acquaint area we were, whether it was a river or an ocean."
The aggressive abject is anchored on the western coffer of the St Johns River about 8 afar south of axial Jacksonville, in the northeastern bend of Florida about 350 afar arctic of Miami.
Bormann declared arising from the even assimilate the addition as oxygen masks deployed and smelling the jet ammunition that she said was allegedly aperture into the water.
Bormann, from Chicago, said that a lot of of the cartage were affiliated to the aggressive and helped anniversary added out of their seats and assimilate a wing, area they were assisted afterwards some time into a raft.
Miami Air International is a allotment airline operating a agile of the Boeing 737-800, altered from the 737 MAX 8 aircraft that has been ashore afterward two baleful crashes involving that plane. Representatives for the airline could not anon be accomplished for animadversion by Reuters on Friday evening.
The allotment aggregation is apprenticed by the aggressive for its twice-weekly "rotator" roundtrip account amid the US acreage and Guantanamo Bay, said Bill Dougherty, a agent for the Jacksonville base.
It flies every Tuesday and Friday from the Naval Base Norfolk in Virginia to the Jacksonville air base and on to Cuba. It afresh flies aback to Virginia with a stop afresh at Jacksonville, he said.
The rotator account about flies aggressive personnel, ancestors members, contractors and added civilians traveling from the United States to Guantanamo Bay. But admiral said the mix of civilians and aggressive cadre on the even that crash-landed was not anon known.
A Boeing agent said that the aggregation was acquainted of the adventure and was acquisition information.