A Boeing 737 commercial jet with 136 people on board slid into the St. John’s River near Jacksonville, Florida after landing on Friday, a spokesman for Naval Air Station Jacksonville said.
The mayor of Jacksonville said on Twitter that everyone on board the flight was “alive and accounted for” but that crews were working to control jet fuel on the water.
“The plane was not submerged. Every person is alive and accounted for,” the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter.
The flight was arriving from Cuba, the air station spokesman said.
No further details were immediately available.
The crash occurred on Friday night and the sheriff said that all of the 136 passengers are alive and accounted for, Fox 31 reported.
Mayor Lenny Curry said everyone aboard the plane is accounted for. No serious injuries have been reported.
According to local media, there were 142 people aboard the Boeing 737. It took off from Miami earlier Friday.
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The plane reportedly skidded off a runway at the Jacksonville Naval Complex and went into the St. Johns River.
Crews are working to ensure everyone is accounted for and to contain jet fuel in the water.
“#JSO Marine Unit was called to assist @NASJax_ in reference to a commercial airplane in shallow water. The plane was not submerged. Every person is alive and accounted for,” The Jacksonville Sheriff Office said.
— Jax Sheriff’s Office (@JSOPIO) May 4, 2019
A local reporter in the Jacksonville area said that the aircraft was arriving from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba when it hit the runway.
“BREAKING **NEW** INFO: NASJAX says Boeing 737 was arriving from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba into Naval Air Station Jacksonville when it crashed into the St. Johns River at the end of the runway,” Tenikka Smith Hughes.
BREAKING **NEW** INFO: NASJAX says Boeing 737 was arriving from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba into Naval Air Station Jacksonville when it crashed into the St. Johns River at the end of the runway. @ActionNewsJax @WFTV @wsoctv @WOKVNews @wsbtv @CBSNews @FoxNews @CNN pic.twitter.com/3wvTN6L7jC
— Tenikka Smith Hughes (@TenikkaANjax) May 4, 2019
A Boeing 737 headed from NAS Jacksonville to Guantanamo Bay slid off runway and into water, but no one was seriously injured, authorities say. The commercial jet, a military contract flight, ended up in a shallow part of the St. John’s River https://t.co/GFWkDhNMmd #breaking pic.twitter.com/d5k5chIW5A
— Heavy.com (@HeavySan) May 4, 2019
Boeing 737 that went into river in Jacksonville originated in Guantanamo, Cuba https://t.co/XpvsSjPWTU
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) May 4, 2019
BREAKING: A Boeing 737 traveling from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba has skidded into a river in Jacksonville, Florida after landing. All passengers are accounted for. pic.twitter.com/3c0pITDugD
— Breaking News Global (@BreakingNAlerts) May 4, 2019
— BNO News (@BNONews) May 4, 2019
#BREAKING: At 9:40 p.m. a Boeing 737 arriving from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba into Naval Air Station Jacksonville crashed into the St. Johns River at the end of the runway. Navy security and emergency response personnel are on the scene and monitoring the situation. pic.twitter.com/M1yZiN9MJo
— Christopher Boyd (@CMB_News) May 4, 2019
Plane that ended up in river was flying from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Naval Air Station Jacksonville https://t.co/4ocgSQ1WDy
— Steve Lookner (@lookner) May 4, 2019
Reuters contributed to this report.
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