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Boeing 737 lands in river

Boeing 737 is in news again and again not for a good reason. 

A Boeing 737 plane slid from the runway into a river in Jacksonville Florida on Friday evening. The plane arrived in Jacksonville from Cuba at around 9:40 and at the end of the runway, crashed into the St. Johns River, the station said.

The plane, a chartered Boeing 737-800 arriving from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba with 136 passengers and seven crew members, crashed into the St Johns river at the end of the runway at Naval Air Station Jacksonville at about 9:40 pm local time while attempting to land at a military base in a thunderstorm injuring 21 people. There were no reports of fatalities or critical injuries. 

“The plane was not submerged. Every person is alive and accounted for,” the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.The sheriff’s tweet was accompanied by two photographs showing the plane, bearing the logo of Miami Air International, resting in shallow water and fully intact.

There were two crashes in the very recent past of Boeing 737 Max 8.

On March 10, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 departed Addis Ababa Bole International Airport bound for Nairobi, Kenya. Just after takeoff, the pilot radioed a distress call and was given immediate clearance to return and land. But before the crew could make it back, the aircraft crashed 40 miles from the airport at 8:44 a.m., six minutes after it left the runway. Aboard were 149 passengers and eight crew members representing more than 30 nationalities. The aircraft involved was only four months old. 

On Oct. 29, 2018, Lion Air flight 610 crashed in the Java Sea 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia, killing 189 people. As with the Ethiopian crash, the flight crew lost control early in its flight and made a distress call. That aircraft was almost brand-new as well, having arrived at Lion Air three months earlier.