Boeing 737 skids off runway in Jacksonville
143 on board, all reported safe
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A private charter jet has skidded off the runway into the St. Johns River just north of NAS Jacksonville, according to officials on the scene.
The assistant fire chief told the CBS affiliate in Jacksonville 143 people were on board when the plane from Miami skidded off the runway.
He said 142 people were on board the Boeing 737, all of them are alive and were accounted for.
This is includes passengers and crew, according to WJXT.
21 people were transported to local hospitals after a 737 went off the runway at NAS Jacksonville on Friday night.
Public Information Officer Tom Francis said all 21 people are in good condition.
Most of the people on the flight were military personnel on their way home.
Around 80 firefighters responded to the scene on Friday night.
The assistant fire chief said weather was a factor and crews were still looking for some animals.
WJXT is reporting the 737 departed from Guantanamo Bay around 7:30 p.m. on Friday and attempted to land at NAS Jacksonville around 9:30 p.m.
Crews are working to control the jet fuel in the water, according to Mayor Lenny Curry.
Mayor Curry said the White House Called to help as the situation was developing.
6. @realDonaldTrump White House called to help as the situation was developing.— Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) May 4, 2019
We’re at main command center as more rescuers arrive to site of 737 in river. pic.twitter.com/cSVXganUxK— Vic Micolucci WJXT (@WJXTvic) May 4, 2019
Mayor Curry said the White House called to help as the situation was developing.
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