Over one hundred people have miraculously survived after the charter plane they were on ended up in a river at the end of a runway in Florida.
The Boeing 737 carrying 143 people overshot the runway at Naval Air Station Jacksonville from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and ended up in the St Johns River, a NAS Jacksonville news release said.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office posted on Twitter that a marine unit responded to assist.
The plane was in shallow water and not submerged. Everyone on the plane was alive and accounted for, the agency posted, with 21 adults transported to local hospitals in good condition.
A photo posted by deputies shows a Miami Air International logo on the plane. The company didn’t immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press.
Capt. Michael Connor, the commanding officer of NAS Jacksonville, said during a news conference that passengers were a mix of civilian and military personnel.
Some were staying in the area, while others were set to fly on to other parts of the country.
While the crash certainly wasn’t ideal, Connor acknowledged that it could have been much worse. “I think it is a miracle,” Connor said. “We could be talking about a different story this evening.”
It wasn’t known how long it would take to remove the plane from the river, but Connor said the landing gear appeared to be resting on the river bed, making it unlikely for the aircraft to float away. He said crews began working to contain any jet fuel leaks almost immediately after securing the passengers’ safety.