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Boeing 737 Ends Up in Jacksonville River, 21 Injured

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A commercial Boeing 737 crashed into St. John's River as it was attempting to land at Naval Air Station in Jacksonville on May 3, 2019
A commercial Boeing 737 crashed into St. John's River as it was attempting to land at Naval Air Station in Jacksonville on May 3, 2019. Jax Sheriff's Office

A Boeing 737-800 jet arriving from the Guantanamo Bay military station in Cuba went nearly 100 feet off the runway at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and into the St. Johns River in Florida Friday evening.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office confirmed the incident in a tweet accompanied by photos of the plane stuck in “shallow” water, adding that the plane had not been submerged in the shallow water.

“Every person is alive and accounted for,” the sheriff’s office said, adding that there were no critical injuries.

NAS Jacksonville said the Boeing 737 had been arriving from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay when it “slid off the runway” into the water. “Navy security and emergency response personnel are on the scene and monitoring the situation,” the naval station said. Local News4Jax reported that 143 people were on board the plane.

Is it safe?

Boeing posted on Twitter that it was closely monitoring news about the flight.

The U.S.-based manufacturer has been under heavy scrutiny in recent weeks following crashes of its 737 MAX jets in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Airline crash
Ethiopian Airline crash. PHOTO: ABC7 News

The plane crash-landed during a rainstorm with low visibility, which may have factored in the crash.

An investigation was underway and officials said they were trying to control leaking fuel. The National Transportation Safety Board said in a tweet that it would be sending a Go Team.

In a statement early Saturday morning, Boeing tweeted in part: “Boeing extends its well wishes to all those involved,” adding that they are providing technical assistance with the NTSB’s investigation.

Fox News contributed to this story.

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