JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Boeing 737 coming from the Naval Air Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, skidded off at the end of the runway after landing at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville on a rainy Friday night.
There were 142 people, including 136 passengers and 7 crew members, on board when the charter plane ended up in a shallow part of the St. John's River about 9:40 p.m., according to the Naval Air Station Jacksonville.
"It is a miracle that the plane landed safely and nobody was killed," Naval Air Station Jacksonville Capt. Michael Connor said during an early Saturday morning news conference.
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said he received a phone call from President Donald Trump who offered him assistance as Jacksonville Sheriff's Office deputies and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department personnel responded.
"While they work please pray," Curry wrote on Twitter.
Emergency crews were searching for two dogs and a cat and they rushed 21 people who suffered minor injuries to local hospitals, according to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. According to Connor some of the passengers were rescued from the wings of the aircraft, and none of them suffered broken bones or life-threatening injuries.
The department's hazmat unit was cleaning jet fuel that leaked into the river.
"Ironically, our special operations team trained for an incident like this today with marine units," a spokesperson for the department wrote on Twitter about 12:20 a.m.
The Department of Defense charted the jet from Miami Air International. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.
We responded to NAS Jax to a plane incident tonight with a second alarm assignment of approximately 90 personnel ...21 people were transported to local hospitals.— MyJFRD (@JFRDJAX) May 4, 2019
Ironically, our Special Operations team trained for an incident like this today with the marine units.— MyJFRD (@JFRDJAX) May 4, 2019