Pets unable to be saved from crashed plane in Jacksonville, black boxes found

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Federal investigators located the two black boxes from the Boeing 737-800 that crash landed in Jacksonville, Florida on Friday night. The data recorder has been sent to Washington D.C. while the voice recorder is waiting to be retrieved.

The crash occurred at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, which is a military airport about eight miles south of downtown.

The military plane charter was carrying 143 people from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. and rolled off the runway into the St. Johns River. All the passengers survived with no major injuries.

Bruce Landsberg, vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said skid marks indicated the plane swerved to the right and hit a sea wall before rolling into the river.

Pets that were kept in the cargo area have been presumed dead. While the plane was not totally submerged, the cargo hold was found to be underwater and investigators heard no noises coming from inside.

Boeing has offered technical assistance to NTSB investigators. This is the latest incident of a Boeing aircraft, however the first in the United States.

The Boeing 737-Max 8 aircraft remains grounded around the world following two crashes in just a few months. Southwest and American Airlines had pleaded with the federal government to keep the plane airborne, but President Trump ordered an indefinite grounding.

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