Plane from Guantanamo Bay Slides Off Runway into Florida River While Landing, 21 Injuries Reported

By Paul Riegler on 4 May 2019
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A Boeing 737 cockpit

A Boeing 737 cockpit

A Boeing 737 aircraft arriving from the Guantanamo Bay military station in Cuba skidded off a runway while landing at a military airport and slid into the St. John’s River on Friday night.

The 18-year-old aircraft had 136 passengers and seven crewmembers aboard. All survived although 21 people were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries, an official of the Jacksonville Fire Rescue said.

Miami Air International, a charter airline that operates a fleet of Boeing 737-800s, a predecessor of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft that were recently grounded following two highly publicized crashes, operated the aircraft.

The mayor of Jacksonville, Lenny Curry, said there were no fatalities.

“No fatalities reported,“ Curry said in a tweet. “We are all in this together.”

The plane stopped in shallow water and was not submerged, the local sheriff’s department said.

One passenger on the plane, Cheryl Bormann, told CNN in an interview that the flight had made a “really hard landing” during a thunder and lightning storm.

“We came down, the plane literally hit the ground and bounced,” she said, adding that the experience was “terrifying.”

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