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Plane with 140 aboard skids off runway into Florida river

Christian Fernsby |
A jetliner slid off a runway and into a river in Florida's Jacksonville area Friday night, officials said.

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The plane, a Boeing 737, was arriving from Cuba into Naval Air Station Jacksonville about 9:40 p.m. and crashed into the St. Johns River at the end of the runway, the station said.

The plane hit rough weather and slid off the runway, an aviation source told NBC News on Friday.

Mayor Lenny Curry said that all lives had been accounted for, NBC affiliate WTLV reported.

It was carrying 136 passengers and seven crew, according to the naval station.Initial reports indicated that 150 people were on board.


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