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Plane Crashes Into St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida

A commercial plane went into the river near Jacksonville Florida

The plane was arriving at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville.

Seven crew members and 136 passengers were on the plane flying from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into Naval Air Station Jacksonville. He said the White House called to help as the situation unfolded.

NTSB investigators said they hope a cockpit voice recorder helps them answer that question, but they have been unable to recover it yet since the part of the plane where it's located is still underwater in the St. Johns River. All persons on board are alive and accounted for.

It was a regular charter run by Miami Air International, which has many military contracts, including weekly flights between the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the Jacksonville air station as well as Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

This Friday, May 3, 2019, photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows a Boeing 737 after it slid off the runway at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that a preliminary report of investigation conducted by the Ethiopian flight authority on its Boeing 737 Max 8 jet crash has vindicated the pilot of the plane and other members of the crew aboard.

There has been no official word on what exactly caused the accident although bad weather conditions have been mentioned.

The pavement on the runway wasn't grooved and Landsberg says investigators will look at how that played a role with reported heavy rain during the landing.

A Boeing 737 carrying 140 people from Guantanamo Bay has crashed at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida.

"Everyone was very cordial", Connor said.

Seventeen of the 22 people taken to hospitals in and around Jacksonville last night after a plane skidded into the St. Johns River have been released, according to officials.

"Our first priority was obviously human life - so that was our immediate focus - getting people to safety", he said. The crews of rescuers and firefighters are working at the scene to control jet fuel on the water.

A passenger on board the flight, Cheryl Bormann, told CNN of the "terrifying" incident that occurred late on Friday night. "And then the plane bounced and screeched and bounced some more ... then it came to a complete, like, crash-stop". The statement offers "hearts and prayers" to the pet owners. There was lightning and thunder.

The 737 is not completely submerged in water, however the area where the pets were positioned is reportedly under water.

The "Rotator" flight from the USA base in Cuba carries passengers including military personnel and family members.