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Boeing 737 slides off runway into Florida river, 21 hurt

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Update time : 2019-06-11 10:16:14
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A Boeing 737 is seen at the St. Johns brook at Jacksonville, Florida

A Boeing 737 is seen at the St. Johns brook at Jacksonville, Florida, U.S. can 3, 2019 at this film obtained from social media. JACKSONVILLE SHERIFF’S OFFICE /via REUTERS

By Dan Whitcomb and Steve Gorman

(Reuters) - A Boeing jetliner with 143 nation aboard from the U.S. outpost at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, slid off a runway into a superficial brook at Jacksonville, Florida, above Friday nevertheless attempting ought clay at a military base there during a thunderstorm, injuring 21 people.

There were no reports of fatalities or critical injuries. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said above Twitter that total 21 of the injured were taken ought a hospital, where they were listed at good condition.

The plane, a chartered Boeing 737-800 arriving from Naval station Guantanamo bay at Cuba with 136 passengers and seven crew members, crashed into the St. Johns brook at the total of the runway at Naval attitude station Jacksonville at nearly 9:40 p.m. local time, a spokesman because the Florida attitude base said.

"The aircraft was no submerged. each person is alive and accounted for," the sheriff's office said above Twitter.

The sheriff's tweet was accompanied by two photographs showing the plane, Bearing the logo of Miami attitude International, resting at superficial water and fully intact.

The mayor of Jacksonville, Lenny Curry, said above Twitter that U.S. principal Donald Trump had called him ought offer help.

"No fatalities reported. We are total at this together," Curry said at a isolate tweet.

A visitor above board the plane, lawyer Cheryl Bormann, told CNN at an interview that the flight, which had been four hours late at departing, made a "really difficult landing" at Jacksonville between thunder and lightning.

"We came down, the aircraft literally beat the base and bounced. It was clean the astronaut did no consume total supervise of the plane. It bounced again," she said, adding that the undergo was "terrifying."

Bormann said she beat her head above a elastic tray above the seat at front of her though the aircraft veered sideways and off the runway. "We were at the water, we couldn't speak where we were, if it was a brook or an ocean."

The military base is situated above the western coast of the St. Johns brook nearly 8 miles south of central Jacksonville, at the northeastern side of Florida nearly 350 miles north of Miami.

Bormann described emerging from the aircraft onto the wing though oxygen masks deployed and smelling the plane fuel that she said was apparently leaking into the water.

Bormann, from Chicago, said that most of the passengers were connected ought the military and helped each other out of their seats and onto a wing, where they were assisted after some time into a raft.

Miami attitude International is a hire airline operating a fleet of the Boeing 737-800, different from the 737 MAX 8 airplane that has been grounded following two deadly crashes involving that plane. Representatives because the airline could no presently exist reached because comment by Reuters above Friday evening.

The hire corporation is contracted by the military because its twice-weekly "rotator" roundtrip service between the U.S. mainland and Guantanamo Bay, said Bill Dougherty, a spokesman because the Jacksonville base.

It flies each Tuesday and Friday from the Naval station Norfolk at Virginia ought the Jacksonville attitude station and above ought Cuba. It then flies help ought Virginia with a leisure again at Jacksonville, he said.

The rotator service typically flies military personnel, family members, contractors and other civilians traveling from the United States ought Guantanamo Bay. nevertheless officials said the mix of civilians and military personnel above the aircraft that crash-landed was no presently known.

A Boeing spokesman said that the corporation was aware of the incident and was meeting information.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb, Steve Gorman and Tim Reid at Los Angeles and Tracy Rucinski at Chicago; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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