The airplane was in shallow water and never submerged within the river in Jacksonville, and everyone seems to be alive, the Sheriff’s Workplace stated.
It had 136 passengers and 7 crew members on board, and so they’ve all been accounted for, Naval Air Station Jacksonville stated.
These with minor accidents had been handled on the scene, and people requiring extra therapy had been taken to the hospital. Twenty-one individuals had been transported to hospitals in good situation, in line with Officer Tom Francis of Jacksonville Fireplace Rescue.
It was arriving from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay into Naval Air Station Jacksonville, and fell into the river on the finish of the runway, Naval Air Station Jacksonville stated. An investigation is underway.
“Navy safety and emergency response personnel are on the scene and monitoring the state of affairs,” it stated. “Households members who had been anticipating the arrival of passengers ought to stand by till they’re launched.”
David Soucie, a former inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration, described it as a non-public jet constitution. Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry had initially referred to as it a industrial flight.
“The truth that they had been all introduced out of the plane safely and nobody was harm says loads about how the crew reacted to this case,” Soucie stated.
It flew by thunderstorms, passenger says
Passenger Cheryl Bormann informed CNN’s Don Lemon the airplane flew by lightning and thunderstorms on the best way to Jacksonville.
“As we went down, we had a extremely laborious touchdown,” the protection lawyer stated. “After which the airplane bounced and screeched and bounced some extra. It lifted to the precise after which it lifted to the left. And it then it kind of swerved, after which it got here to an entire like crash cease.”
Bormann stated they climbed onto the wings of the airplane.
“We had been in water. We could not inform the place we had been, whether or not it was a river or an ocean. There was rain coming down. There was lightning and thunder. And we stood on that wing for a major time period. Rescue people got here and finally somebody inflated a life raft that had been on the airplane and we started climbing into it. All people was serving to everyone,” she stated.
Curry stated fireplace and rescue crews had been on the scene. “Whereas they work please pray,” he wrote.
CNN’s Dave Alsup, Amir Vera, Rebekah Riess and Hollie Silverman contributed to this report.