Florida: Boeing with 136 passengers skids on runway, falls into river


A chartered Boeing 737 jetliner, which had 143 people on board, skidded off the runway and fell into the St Johns River in Florida’s Jacksonville injuring 21 people on Friday. The incident occurred in an attempt to land at a military base during a thunderstorm.

However, there were no reports of fatalities or critical injuries in the incident.

According to a Florida air base  spokesperson, The plane, arrived from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba with 136 passengers and seven crew members on board which crashed into the river at the end of the runway at Naval Air Station Jacksonville about 9:40 p.m. local time.

Reportedly, the plane had not submerged causing no harm to any person’s life.

A passenger on board the plane, attorney Cheryl Bormann, speaking to the CNN in an interview, terming the experience as “terrifying” said that the flight made a “really hard landing” in Jacksonville amid thunder and lightning, which had already been four hours late in departing.

It may be noted that the Miami Air International is a charter airline which operates a fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

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