Miami Air flight LL293 crashes into river during landing in Jacksonville

The involved Boeing 737-800 in 2012. Photo: © Tomás Del Coro

Miami Air International flight LL293, operated by a Boeing 737, has crashed into St. Johns River during landing at Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida.

Flight LL293 was a military charter service, flying from Guantanamo Bay Leeward Point Field (NBW) to Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NIP), Florida in the United States. It was operated by an 18-year-old Boeing 737-800, registered as N732MA, with 136 passengers and seven crew members on board.

The aircraft attempted landing at the airport, but ‘bounced off’ the runway and ended up in the river at approximately 9:40 pm local time, according to witnesses who were on board the flight.

Photos of the accident show the jet partly underwater but not completely submerged. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office states that 21 adult occupants have been transported to hospitals. It has also confirmed that there are no fatalities or critical injuries among passengers or crew.

Local authorities have launched an investigation and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sent a team to Jacksonville, Florida. Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has confirmed that it is aware of the incident.

Miami Air International is a small American carrier, specialized in charter services. The airline operates a fleet of six Boeing 737-800 aircraft.