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Plane with 136+ people onboard crashes into Florida river at end of runway

A Naval Air Station Jacksonville news release says a Boeing 737 arriving from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, crashed into the St Johns River Friday night.

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 4 May 2019 4:44 AM GMT

Plane with 136+ people onboard crashes into Florida river at end of runway
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A plane with 136+ people onboard crashes into Florida waters
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Jacksonville/United States: Officials say a charter plane travelling from Cuba to north Florida ended up in a river at the end of a runway.

A Naval Air Station Jacksonville news release says a Boeing 737 arriving from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, crashed into the St Johns River Friday night.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office posted on Twitter that a marine unit responded to assist.

The plane was in shallow water and not submerged. Officials say everyone on the plane was alive and accounted for.

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.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry posted on Twitter that teams were working to control jet fuel in the water.

Officials didn't immediately say what caused the plane to leave the runway.

A Boeing 737 carrying at least 136 people has been evacuated after it went off the runway into the St Johns River, here around 10pm Friday night (local time). The plane was arriving from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The fire and emergency personnel rushed to the scene, however, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry confirmed that there had been no fatalities reported yet.

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