Bad News in Jacksonville Plane Crash

At least 4 pets were aboard the plane, in the now-submerged cargo hold
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2019 7:33 AM CDT
Bad News in Jacksonville Plane Crash
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.   (Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

(Newser) – All 143 humans aboard the plane that slid off the runway in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday night survived, but the news is much more grim for the four pets who were also aboard. The plane is partially submerged in the St. Johns River, and as US Navy rep Kaylee LaRocque tells USA Today, "there’s water in the cargo hold. We are so sad about this situation, that there are animals that unfortunately passed away." After all passengers were evacuated from the plane, the commanding officer of Naval Air Station Jacksonville says that the pets became a "second priority" for rescuers, who did check the cargo bay and heard no noises. "So at that point, as well as for their own safety and not knowing if the aircraft could potentially sink and risk their lives, they backed out," he said. "It's a very, obviously, rough situation." (Read more plane crash stories.)

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