Boeing 737 from Cuba slid off runway and fell into the St. Johns River in Florida

A Boeing 737 jet that arrived from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba went off the runway into the St. Johns River in Florida on Friday night.

The Mayor of Jacksonville, Lenny Curry  shared pictures of the plane in shallow waters, confirmed that all people onboard were alive and accounted for. The plane was not completely submerged.

The plane slid off the runway into the St. Johns River from the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville while trying to land, but it ended up in the river.

Officials from the Naval Air Station Jacksonville said, “Navy security and emergency response personnel are on the scene and monitoring the situation.”

President Donald Trump called the Mayor to offer help as the situation was developing.

The plane was bearing the logo of Miami Air International, it carried 143 people to the United States of which 136 were passengers and 7 were crew members. The hard landing injured 21 people, and they were shifted to local hospitals.

A passenger onboard the plane Cheryl Bormann speaking to the Cable News Network said, “We came down, the plane literally hit the ground and bounced. It was clear the pilot did not have total control of the plane. It bounced again… We were in the water, we couldn’t tell where we were, whether it was a river or an ocean.”

She recalled her experience as “terrifying”.

An investigation has been ordered into the mishap, the plane manufacturer Boeing was also closely monitoring the situation.

 Source : Various