CBS: Miami Air pilots made last-minute runway change, left-hand thrust reverser was inoperative

Flight GL 293 from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Jacksonville Naval Air Station, FL with 136 passengers and 7 crew members, overran runway 10 and ended up in the St. Johns River on May 3, 2019 (WO)

According to CBS News, Miami Air’s pilots on Friday night made a last minute runway change in order to land to the east at NAS Jacksonville. However runway 10 (9,000′ long) was essentially limited to 7,800′ landing east due to arresting gear.

In addition, the left-hand thrust reverser that was reportedly inoperative.

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Miami Air International issued this statement:

Miami Air International was notified of an incident involving Flight BSK293 on Friday, May 3, 2019 at approximately (9:55) pm EDT. The flight was a military charter operation which departed Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Jacksonville, Florida.

Upon landing at approximately (9:42) pm EDT, the aircraft slid off the end of the runway into the St. Johns River. All passengers and crew members were evacuated from the aircraft after it came to a stop resting in water. There were 136 passengers and 7 crew members aboard the flight. According to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, 21 individuals were transported to local hospitals due to minor injuries. Miami Air International is providing support to the passengers, crew and their families that were affected by this accident.

The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, was manufactured in 2001 and had last been through a scheduled maintenance check which was completed on May 1, 2019.

Miami Air International has notified the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and is cooperating with the authorities on the investigation. We would like to thank all the responding agencies for their support especially, the men and women of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue.

Top Copyright Photo: Miami Air International Boeing 737-81Q WL N732MA (msn 30618) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 103751.