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Boeing 737 skids off runway into Florida river
  Saturday 04 May, 2019
Boeing 737 skids off runway into Florida river

A passenger plane slid off a runway in the US state of Florida on Friday night, ending up in a river after landing during a thunderstorm.

Twenty-one people were taken to hospital with minor injuries, officials said.

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.

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

The 136 passengers and seven crew members on board evacuated the Boeing 737-800 via its wings.

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

He also said President Donald Trump had offered assistance as the situation was developing.

Naval Air Station Jacksonville wrote on Facebook that pets travelling on the plane still hadn't been retrieved hours after the incident due to safety concerns.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to those pet owners during this terrible incident," it added.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48159676

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