Plane with 136 passengers on board lands in a river; no fatalities

The Hush Post | 8:26 pm | One-minute read |

A passenger plane with 136 people on board ended up landing in a river in after landing during a thunderstorm. The incident occurred in the US state of Florida on Friday night.  There are no reports of fatalities but 21 people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

“No fatalities reported. We are all in this together,” Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry wrote on Twitter after the incident.

The Boeing 737 commercial jet is operated by Miami Air International. It had flown from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to a military base in the city of Jacksonville.

As the plane was about to land in Jacksonville, it landed heavily in the storm, skidding into St John’s River.

The passengers and the crew members were evacuated via the Boeing’s wings.

Passengers described the moment as “terrifying”. One of them, Cheryl Bormann, told CNN, “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,” said another.

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