Charter Jet Skids Off Runway, Lands in Water Near NAS Jacksonville

Boeing 737 crashes in Jacksonville Florida

SHOCKING A passenger jet with 140 onboard has skidded off the runway on landing

It was arriving from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay into Naval Air Station Jacksonville, and fell into the river at the end of the runway, Naval Air Station Jacksonville said.

Based off of a Tweet from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the aircraft is not submerged and is resting in shallow water.

Connor said he didn't know what impact the weather had on the flight.

A photo posted by deputies shows a Miami Air International logo on the plane. "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 commanding officer of NAS Jacksonville, Capt. Michael Connor, called it "a miracle".

The Mayor of Jacksonville, Lenny Curry, initially asked for prayers on Twitter, writing, "We have a commercial plane down on the river. It bounced again", she said, adding that the experience was "terrifying".

The U.S. Coast Guard placed floating booms around the jetliner to contain leaking jet fuel in the water, Landsberg said.

A civilian defense attorney aboard the military-chartered Boeing 737 that skidded into a Florida river said the landing "didn't feel right".

Authorities have not provided any information about what caused the plane to skid from the runway and crash.

The Ethiopian Airlines flight between Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, crashed on Sunday morning, March 10, killing 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard.

Connor indicated, too, that investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were already on their way to the crash site.

There are also reports the plane was a charter transport traveling from Guantanamo Bay.

"Non-critical status is what we had of the 21 individuals transported [to local hospitals]", Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department spokesman Tom Francis said. The company didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

The plane "literally hit the ground and then it bounced".

Navy security and emergency response personnel including some 90 firefighters attended the scene.

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