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Miami Air B737 skids off NAS Jacksonville runway, lands in St. Johns River

Miami Air B737 skids off NAS Jacksonville runway

2019 05 04

2019 05 04

* Twenty-one adults were transported to various hospitals

 

By Nick Jones 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A commercial jet carrying 143 people went down in the St. Johns River near Naval Air Station Jacksonville on Friday, according to the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department.

In a release from NAS Jacksonville, the Boeing 737 plane was arriving around 9:40 p.m. from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and coming in for a landing. The Miami Air International plane slid off the runway at NAS Jacksonville and hit the St. Johns River.

All people on board were alive and accounted for, according to the fire department and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Eighty JFRD members responded to the scene.

Twenty-one adults were transported to various hospitals, according to JFRD spokesperson Tom Francis. He said the patients were in good condition, and no one had critical injuries.

"As I was in route here, I heard that we had no critical injuries, to say that I was swiping sweat off my brow would be an understatement," Francis said.

Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, UF Health Jacksonville, Memorial Hospital Orange Park Medical Center and St. Vincent's Medical Center were among the hospitals who were treating patients.

It's unclear if severe weather was to blame for the crash. However, News4Jax Meteorologist John Gaughan said there was lightning in the area at the time the plane hit the river.

Tara Lageman, who lives along the river accross from NAS Jacksonville, didn't hear the plane go down, but could see the lights from fire rescue vehicles and police cruisers.

"It was like the 4th of July," Lageman said. "I came outside and could see all the lights and it was just like a steady stream of emergency vehicles going onto the runway."

 

According to FlightAware, a live flight tracker, the jet:

Departed Naval Station Norfolk around 5:30 a.m. and landed at NAS Jacksonville around 7:20 a.m.

Departed NAS Jacksonville around 3 p.m. and landed in Guantanamo Bay around 5:30 p.m.

Dparted Guantanamo Bay around 7:30 p.m. and was attempting to land at NAS Jacksonville around 9:40 p.m.

 

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.

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