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CNN: Pilot and air traffic controller were concerned about weather before Miami Air Boeing 737-800 slid into the St. Johns River

From CNN:

“Snippets from the conversation between an air traffic controller and the pilot of a plane that slid into the St. Johns River upon landing in Jacksonville, Florida Friday night may give insight into why the aircraft landed on a different runway than planned.”

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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.

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USA Today: Pets presumed dead from Boeing 737-800 plane that crash landed in Jacksonville, Florida

From USA Today:

At least four pets were checked in the luggage department of the ill-fated Miami Air International Boeing 737-800 charter flight that ended up partially-submerged in the St. Johns River after running off the runway at NAS Jacksonville Friday night.

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Miami Air flight from Guantanamo Bay ends up in the St. Johns River in Jacksonville

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Miami Air International military charter flight GL 293 from Guantanamo Bay Naval Air Station, Cuba to Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Florida (south of downtown) with 136 passengers and seven crew members, overran the runway 10 and ended up in the St. Johns River at 9:40 p.m. on May 3. All passengers and crew members were safely rescued from the wing.

At least 21 were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries.

There were reported thunderstorms in the area at the time of the landing. An estimated 3/4 of an inch of rain had occurred before the flight landing according to News 4 JAX.

Read more from News 4 JAX: CLICK HERE

Photos: Office of Sheriff – Jacksonville Police.

The aircraft involved is the pictured Boeing 737-81Q N732MA (msn 30618) which is unlikely to fly again

Top Copyright Photo: Miami Air International Boeing 737-81Q WL N732MA (msn 30618) MIA (Brian McDonough). Image: 903868.

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A NTSB team is flying from Washington to Jacksonville today to investigate the accident.

Fiji Airways leases a Boeing 737-800 from Miami Air

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

Fiji Airways has made this announcement:

Fiji Airways has leased a Boeing 737-800 aircraft from Miami Air to cover some of its schedules due to the temporary grounding of its two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The chartered Miami Air aircraft will operate some flights on behalf of Fiji Airways between Nadi and Auckland, Apia, Christchurch and Brisbane (subject to regulatory approval).

The aircraft has 166 Economy Class seats in a single cabin configuration. The leased aircraft will operate with its own cabin crew and pilots, with a Fiji Airways Purser or Senior Flight Attendant onboard to oversee the cabin experience.

Fiji Airways made the decision to lease an aircraft for the upcoming peak period to limit any disruptions to guests’ travel plans. While the airline recognises that the onboard experience and facilities will differ from its usual offering, it will do everything possible to ensure that guests continue to enjoy a comfortable experience. Fiji Airways will contact Business Class guests booked on flights which will now be operated by the leased aircraft to provide travel options.

Miami Air is a charter company based out of Miami in the United States, and have leased aircraft to airlines like British Airways, Air France, and TUI, among others.

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

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Miami Air flight attendants ratify new contract

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Miami Air Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), today voted 93 percent to ratify a new contract.  The 5-year agreement provides immediate pay raises and per diem, and improved work rules for over 100 Flight Attendants.

“Miami Air Flight Attendants stood together throughout negotiations and a year ago, authorized a strike if necessary. Today, we ratified a new contract that will provide much needed wage increases for Flight Attendants and their families,” said Natasha Glasper, AFA Miami Air President.

Negotiations began in January 2015. The the National Mediation Board has overseen negotiations through mediation since December 2015. Flight Attendants overwhelmingly authorized a strike in October 2017.

Miami Air is a charter airline, privately owned by TSI Holding Company of St. Louis, MO, operating flights for vacation tour companies and major sports teams including for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Steelers, Miami Dolphins and Heat, Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Miami Air): Miami Air International Boeing 737-8HX WL N749MA (msn 36434) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 940186.

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Miami Air is now operating the “Kona Shuttle” from Oakland

Miami Air International (Miami) is now operating a twice-weekly roundtrip charter flight from Oakland to Kona, Hawaii. The flight is dubbed the “Kona Shuttle”.

Kona Shuttle is a private all first-class charter service that flies from Oakland International Airport in California to Kona International Airportnear Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. It was started as a private club for the members of exclusive developments on the North Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and Kukio.

Flights operate twice a week, using this Boeing 737-7BX N737KA (msn 30740) operated by Miami Air. Initially, flights were operated by Primaris Airlines and later by Ryan International Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. N737KA departs from a murky OAK on November 21 bound for the Big Island.