Military chartered Boeing 737 slides into St. Johns River, no casualties, flight data box recovered
- A Monitor Desk Report 05 May, 2019 | 421 Views|-+
The Boeing 737-800 rests in the St. Johns River on Saturday, May 4
Dhaka: A military chartered Boeing 737 passenger plane of Miami Air International slid off a runway in Jacksonville, Florida into a part of St. Johns River while landing on Friday night, May 3.
The plane carried 136 passengers and seven crew members from the Guantanamo Bay military station in Cuba. Everyone survived the incident but a few passengers sustained minor injuries, said Bruce Landsberg, Vice Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) at a press briefing.
Investigators have recovered the undamaged flight data recorder from the aircraft, said the Vice Chairman of NTSB.
The data recorder has been sent to Washington to be examined, he further mentioned. The cockpit voice recorder, however, remains in the tail of the Boeing 737-800 and is underwater.
NTSB is yet to confirm what caused the landing mishap at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Investigation is on-going.
The aircraft overran the right side of the runway at the far end and "impacted a low seawall which was made of loose stones and rocks and stopped in the shallow water of the St. Johns River," Landsberg said.
The plane remained in the water on Saturday, May 4.