Boeing 737 jet skids off runway and into river in Florida

Authorities responded after a Boeing 737 aircraft went in the St. Johns River in Florida on Friday night near Naval Air Station Jacksonville, though no serious injuries were reported.

Naval Air Station Jacksonville said in a statement that the Boeing 737 was arriving from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and “crashed into the St. Johns River at the end of the runway.”

“Navy security and emergency response personnel are on the scene and monitoring the situation,” the air station said in the statement reported by ABC News. The network said that the plane was contracted by the Department of Defense.{mosads}

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry (R) previously tweeted that it was a commercial plane and that he had been briefed on the situation. Curry later tweeted that “all lives have been accounted for” and first responders were working to control jet fuel in the water.

“White House called to help as the situation was developing,” the mayor tweeted.

Sources told News4Jax that the jet was carrying 136 passengers and seven crew members when it went into the water. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said there were two “very minor” injuries, according to ABC News.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office shared photos showing the plane resting on the water, saying it “was not submerged.”

NAS Jacksonville and Jacksonville Fire & Rescue did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Hill.

Updated: 11:28 p.m.

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