Flight data box recovered after Boeing 737 slides off runway into Florida river

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Plane chartered by US military arriving from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba with 143 onboard when it slid into St Johns river

US federal investigators on Saturday began searching for what caused a Boeing jetliner with 143 people on board to slide off a runway into a shallow river while landing at a Jacksonville, Florida military base during a thunderstorm, injuring 21 people.

The Boeing 737-800 chartered by the US military was arriving from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba with 136 passengers and seven crew members when it slid into the St Johns river at the end of the runway at Jacksonville’s naval air station on Friday night, authorities said.

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