MIRACLE: 143 passengers survive as passenger plane plunges into river

By Editor on 04/05/2019

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The ill-fated plane

All 143 passengers have reportedly survived inside a passenger plane, which slid off a runway in the US state of Florida on Friday night, ending up in a river after landing during a thunderstorm, in what experts describe as a miracle.

However, 21 of the passengers in the chartered Boeing 737, operated by Miami Air International, had flown from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to a military base in the city of Jacksonville, were taken to the hospital, with minor injuries, according to BBC.

Passengers say it landed heavily in the storm, skidding into St John's River.

"No fatalities reported. We are all in this together," Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry wrote on Twitter after the incident, the report said, adding that all the 136 passengers and seven crew members on board, were evacuated the Boeing 737-800 via its wings.

The CNN, said in its own report that it was not known if the storm was entirely to blame for the mishap, recalling that the latest incident comes months after a Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia killing all 157 persons on board.

Passenger 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.”

In a news conference, Captain Michael Connor, commanding officer at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, said it was a "miracle" that there had been no serious injuries or fatalities.

Miami Air International is contracted by the US military for its twice-weekly "rotator" service between the US mainland and Guantanamo Bay, Bill Dougherty, a base spokesman said.

Officials say the people on Friday's flight included civilian and military personnel.

It said it was providing technical assistance to the US National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the incident.

The aerospace giant has been under increased scrutiny following two fatal crashes involving its 737 Max 8 planes - a different model to the one involved in the incident on Friday.





Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on May, 4 2019

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