A touchdown characteristic was “inoperative” on a passenger aircraft that slid off a runway within the US state of Florida on Friday, investigators have mentioned.
The Boeing 737, operated by Miami Air Worldwide, ended up in a river after touchdown throughout a thunderstorm.
Officers mentioned 21 folks have been taken to hospital with minor accidents, and at the least 4 pets stored within the maintain died.
They’re now trying into the failure of the “thrust reverser”, in addition to a request by the pilot to vary runways.
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The flight, which had flown from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to a navy base within the metropolis of Jacksonville, is claimed to have landed closely within the storm earlier than skidding into St John’s River.
The 136 passengers and 7 crew members on board evacuated the Boeing 737-800 through its wings.
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“The plane had been in upkeep and the upkeep log famous that the left hand thrust reverser was inoperative,” Bruce Landsberg, vice-chairman of the US Nationwide Transportation Security Board, instructed a press convention on Sunday.
Mr Landsberg added that shortly earlier than they landed, the pilots had requested to vary to a runway which had tools arrange on it, and which due to this fact had much less area obtainable.
“We do not know what they have been pondering or why that was their alternative,” he mentioned.
He additionally confirmed that a number of canines and cats travelling in crates within the cargo maintain have been presumed to have drowned, and that the US Navy has organized for divers to recuperate their our bodies from the aircraft.
One passenger on the aircraft, Cheryl Bormann, described the “terrifying” second it slid off the runway.
“The aircraft actually hit the bottom and bounced – it was clear the pilot didn’t have whole management of the aircraft, it bounced once more,” she instructed CNN.
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“We have been within the water. We could not inform the place we have been, whether or not it was a river or an ocean,” she mentioned, including that she might scent jet gasoline leaking into the river.
In a information convention, Captain Michael Connor, commanding officer at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, mentioned it was a “miracle” that there had been no critical accidents or fatalities.
Miami Air Worldwide is contracted by the US navy for its twice-weekly “rotator” service between the US mainland and Guantanamo Bay, Invoice Dougherty, a base spokesman mentioned.
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Officers say the folks on Friday’s flight included civilian and navy personnel.
Boeing launched an announcement sharing its “nicely needs” with these on board.
It mentioned it was offering technical help to the US Nationwide Transportation Security Board, which is investigating the incident.
The aerospace big has been beneath elevated scrutiny following two deadly crashes involving its 737 Max eight planes – a distinct mannequin to the one concerned within the incident on Friday.