Investigators say a Pentagon-chartered cargo plane slammed into the Florida River two years ago due to an extreme loss of braking power on a rain-soaked runway.
The National Transportation Safety Board said pilots of a Miami Air International aircraft descended too quickly and waited too long to deploy deceleration panels as the Boeing 737 landed at Jacksonville Naval Air Station on May 3, 2019.
Investigators said that even without the pilot’s fault, the aircraft would not have been able to stop on an uncontrolled runway due to the sheer amount of standing water. He said in a report released Wednesday that Miami Air failed to provide pilots with adequate guidance to evaluate braking conditions on wet runways.
The jet hydroplanes off the runway and wound up in the shallow waters of the St. Johns River. None of the 143 passengers and crew were seriously injured, but several pets died in the cargo hold.
The plane was carrying Defense Department personnel from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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