Miami Air International 737 aircraft slides off runway into river

As the aircraft landed in a military base in Jacksonville during a thunderstorm, it slid off the runway and ended up in a nearby river
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An investigation into the incident is currently underway and is being headed up by the US National Transportation Safety Board. (Photo Credit NTSB)
An investigation into the incident is currently underway and is being headed up by the US National Transportation Safety Board. (Photo Credit NTSB)

A Miami Air International passenger aircraft skidded off a runway and ended up in a nearby river after landing during a thunderstorm.

The Boeing 737 aeroplane had just arrived from Guantanamo Bay to a military base in Jacksonville, Florida when it attempted a landing amidst a heavy thunderstorm at about 21:40.

Miami Air International, a charter airline, reportedly operates a twice-weekly roundtrip service between Guantanamo Bay and the United States.

All 136 passengers and seven crew members on board were evacuated safely from the aircraft. No fatalities were reported by local law enforcement, though 21 passengers with minor injuries were transported to a nearby hospital

Coming to rest in the shallow waters of the St John River, the aircraft did not submerge and remains afloat as recovery efforts are currently underway.

An investigation into the incident is currently underway and is being headed up by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

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