Jet with 140+ aboard goes down in river near Jacksonville, Fla.; no deaths reported

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JACKSONVILLE, Florida (WNCN) — A Boeing 737 charter passenger jet crashed near the Naval Air Station Jacksonville on Friday night, officials said.

The plane went down in shallow water in St. Johns River near the end of the runway with “dozens” aboard, according to WJAX-TV.

No one died in the incident and everyone has been accounted for, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet. WJXT-TV reported that 142 people were aboard.

In a photo from the sheriff’s office, the plane could be seen with its nose cone off and a front door open with boats in the water nearby.

The jet appeared to be from Miami Air, which is an air charter service.

WJXT also reported the plane was attempting a landing after a flight from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. 

“We have a commercial plane down on the river. I’ve been briefed by our Fire and Rescue. They are on the scene.  While they work please pray,” Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry tweeted.

Curry also said teams were working to control jet fuel in the water.

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