Former Deputy Assistant Transportation Secretary Oliver McGee says that a contaminated runway caused the plane to skid off the runway and into the river. No one was killed in the accident.
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By Sam Dorman | Fox News
“Former Deputy Assistant Transportation Secretary Oliver McGee told “Fox and Friends” that a contaminated runway was the culprit behind the Boeing 737 sliding into a river in Jacksonville, Florida on Friday — an event he compared to the Hudson River landing in 2009.
“I also call it a miracle in St. John,” he said, referring to the name of the river, “akin to the miracle in [the] Hudson with the great Captain Sully.”
Captain Chesley Sullenberger, or “Sully,” was the captain credited with saving all 155 people aboard a plane he was forced to land in the Hudson river in 2009.
Photo Credit: A charter plane carrying 143 people and traveling from Cuba to north Florida sits in a river at the end of a runway, Saturday, May 4, 2019 in Jacksonville, Fla. [via Associated Press (AP)]
During a news conference, Capt. Michael Connor, the commanding officer for the naval base where the plane landed, described the outcome as a “miracle.” “I think it is a miracle,” he said. “We could be talking about a different story this evening.”
NO DEATHS AS PLANE CARRYING US MILITARY CRASHES INTO RIVER
Photo Credit: Friday’s flight was carrying 136 passengers and seven crew members from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, minor injuries were reported. [via Associated Press (AP)]
Friday’s flight was carrying 136 passengers and seven crew members from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, minor injuries were reported.
“We had a contaminated runway,” McGee said on Saturday. “That occurs when you have wet surfaces of about one-eighth of an inch of standing water and last night’s rains in Jacksonville was about one-half of an inch of standing water in 23 minutes.”
Although airlines typically plan for adverse weather, McGee indicated that the rainfall happened too quickly for pilots to adequately prepare.
“The weather was very severe … They most likely were on the way to their destination when this downpour came,” he said when co-host Ed Henry asked why the plane took off from Guantanamo in the first place.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Accident: Miami B737-800 at Jacksonville on May 3rd 2019, runway overrun on landing, aircraft ends up in river
By Simon Hradecky, Aviation Herald
“A Miami Air International Boeing 737-800, registration N732MA, performing flight GL-293 from Guantanamo Bay Naval Air Station (Cuba, commonly known as GITMO) to Jacksonville Naval Air Station, FL (USA) with 136 passengers and 7 crew, landed on Jacksonville Naval Air Station’s runway 10 at 21:42 local time (01:42 Zulu on May 4th).
The Boeing 737-800 overran the end of the runway and came to a stop in the shallow waters of St. John’s River about 1,250 feet (or 380 meters) past the end of the runway and was partially submerged. All occupants were able to evacuate the aircraft onto the wings.
Jacksonville’s Sheriff Office reported Marine Units were called in to assist rescue. All persons on board are alive and accounted for. There were minor injuries of 22 occupants, who were immediately taken to the local hospital and released the following day.
The airport reported the aircraft crashed into the river past the end of the runway, about 100 feet off the paved surface.
Jacksonville’s Mayor reported the aircraft landed during a rainstorm with low visibility, which may be a factor into the accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have opened an investigation and dispatched an investigation team on site. The flight data recorder has been recovered.
On May 4th 2019, the NTSB reported in their press conference that 16 investigators have been dispatched to join this major investigation.
The aircraft went off the right edge of the runway near the end of the runway and impacted a seawall before coming to a stop in the river. The runway is not grooved.
The bottom half of the aircraft is covered with water. A number of pets carried in the cargo bays have perished. The Naval commander stated that they do not know about the status of the pets, the cargo bay was checked and no pet noises could be heard and no pet carriers could be seen above the water line.
The flight data recorder is undamaged and is currently being read out. The Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) is currently under water and the NTSB can not get to it until the aircraft has been moved.
The NTSB reported there may be surveillance videos around, however, they do not yet have those data.
The runway had been renovated in 2016 and has a “crown,” higher elevation around the center line, so that the water runs off the side of the runway.
22 people looked for medical attention, only one was hospitalized and released the following day. The airfield features a RNAV approach (no ILS available) or a SAR approach.
On May 5th 2019, the NTSB reported in their press conference, weather has complicated their efforts. The FDR was read out, preliminary information indicated the IAS at touchdown was 163 knots, 178 knots over ground (about 15 knots tail wind) at 30 degrees of flaps, ground spoilers deployed 3 seconds after touch down.
The left hand thrust reverser was inoperative and the aircraft was dispatched under MEL.
The CVR is still in the tail of the aircraft and under water.
About 1200 gallons of fuel were remaining (some fuel spilled into the river). Divers are currently trying to remove the pets from the forward cargo bay.
The crew initially planned to land to the west (runway 28), however, as the aircraft got closer to the airport they requested runway 10. Due to a deployed wire barrier the runway threshold was displaced by about 1200 feet leaving 7800 feet of landing distance available.
Jacksonville Naval Air Station features runways 10 and 28 of 9003 feet/2740 meters length, with a landing distance available on runway 10 at 8006 feet/2440 meters. The airport features RNAV and TACAN approaches (as well as SAR approaches) to both runways 10 and 28.”
Below is a recent history of aircraft “runway excursions,” Courtesy of Aviation Herald
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