News Plane Carrying 143 People Skids Off The Runway And Crashes Into A...
The Miami Air plane Boeing 737 was returning from Guantanamo Bay when it ended up in St. Johns River following the botched landing shortly after 9.30pm.
The plane was not fully submerged in the water, and all passengers were evacuated safely.
Two people were treated for minor injuries, according to CBS.
Captain Michael Connor, the commanding officer of NAS Jacksonville, said during a news conference that the fact that nobody died was a ‘miracle’.
He said: ‘I think it is a miracle. We could be talking about a different story this evening.’
It isn’t known how long it will take to remove the plane from the river, but Connor said the landing gear appeared to be resting on the river bed, making it unlikely for the aircraft to float away.
He said crews began working to contain any jet fuel leaks almost immediately after securing the passengers’ safety.