NAS JACKSONVILLE, FL / May 3, 2019 – A Miami Air International Boeing 737-800, arriving from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba into Naval Air Station Jacksonville, slidd off the runway into the St. Johns River at approximately 9:40 PM on Friday. There were some minor injuries among the 136 passengers and 7 aircrew members on board.
The injuries were treated at the scene and passengers requiring additional treatment were taken to a local hospital. There were no fatalities.
Navy security and emergency response personnel were on the scene monitoring the situation. Crews were also working to remove jet fuel that may have spilled into the St. Johns River.
What caused the plane to overshoot the runway, remains unclear and is under investigation.
NAS Jacksonville – also called ‘NAS Jax’ – is a military airport, operated by the U.S. Navy and is located about 8 miles south of downtown Jacksonville, Florida.
(Top photo: Jax Sherrif’s Office on Twitter)
*(Photo: Tomás Del Coro from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)])