Several Injured After Boeing 737 Slides Off Runway Into Florida River
Another Boeing plane has gone down. According to Fox News, a Boeing 737-800 jet arriving from the Guantanamo Bay military station in Cuba went 100 feet off the runway at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and into the St. Johns River in Florida on Friday evening.
So how did this happen? Well, the cause of the mishap was not immediately clear but it was said that the plane landed during a rainstorm with low visibility, which may have factored in the crash. Thankfully, there were no reports of fatalities or critical injuries. However, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office did say on Twitter that out of 136 passengers, 21 were taken to a hospital, where they were listed in good condition.
“I think it’s a miracle,” Capt. Mike Conner, commanding of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, said at a news conference. “We could be talking about a different story this evening, so I think there’s a lot to say about the professionalism of the folks that helped the passengers off the airplane because it very well could be worse.”
The U.S.-based manufacturer has been facing major scrutiny in recent weeks following crashes of its 737 MAX jets in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
In a statement early Saturday morning, Boeing tweeted in part: “Boeing extends its well wishes to all those involved,” adding that they are providing technical assistance with the NTSB’s investigation.
— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) May 4, 2019
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