Pets aboard Boeing 737 plane crash in Jacksonville presumed dead

In Jacksonville, Florida, after a Boeing 737 plane skidded off the runway on Friday night into a river in Jacksonville, all 143 people aboard survived. Tragically, the pets checked into the luggage compartments in the bottom of the plane were not as fortunate.

According to NbcNews, at least four pets had been on the military-chartered plane that left Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to northern Florida. As of Saturday afternoon, the pets remained on the aircraft and are presumed to be dead. Even though the plane did not completely submerge in the St. Johns River, the bottom section is underwater.

“There’s water in the cargo hold. We are so sad about this situation, that there are animals that unfortunately passed away,” stated U.S. Navy spokesperson, Kaylee LaRocque.

The plane remains just as it crashed into the river pending a thorough investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Captain Michael Connor, the commanding officer for the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville said the animals had become the “second priority” for responders, but no one heard any animal noises or spotted any crates – thus assuming the pets had all died.

“Obviously, we do not have confirmation but are are continuing to do what we can to positively determine the status of the pets. It’s a very obviously rough situation. My sympathy and my heart really goes out to those families,” Connor stated.

The pets included both dogs and cats, and it is possible more pets could have been aboard.

There has not been any explanation what caused the plane to slide off the runway into the river. Once the plane is removed, authorities will find the deceased pets. May they all rest in peace.

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4 replies
  1. Jan Barnes says:

    THIS ABSOLUTELY MAKES MY BLOOD BOIL!
    WHY DIDN’T THEY TRY TO SAVE THEM?
    IF THESE WERE “MY PETS”, THERE WOULD BE NO END TO MY ANGER
    AND DEMAND FOR JUSTICE!

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  2. Ashley yanez says:

    Why not rescue or at least recover now just because they’re animals doesn’t mean they should be gone after

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  3. Debora ison says:

    I’ve always thought it was so cruel to put an animal down below the plane the most dangerous place there is there’s no air conditioning and there’s no heat it’s ridiculous they should be able to be with their owners or have it where there’s a special place just for the animals that are in the plane next to the owner now you see what happened you guys have killed these precious dogs and cats shame on you

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  4. Bunny Peters says:

    WTF is going on: “2nd Priority” means you get them out of the cargo hold ASAP (my condolences to the families on their horrible losses)…… I can only imagine how awful these deceased pets will look after being left in the water for several days…… The families will ALWAYS wonder if their furbabies might have survived if they had been removed from the cargo area sooner…….

    Precious treasures your lives were stolen from you by human failure and negligence (& your lives mattered). I am absolutely heartbroken for your trauma & death.

    Makes me sick inside to think of these precious furbabies suffering……

    Precious treasures please look for MacKitty in Heaven and he will welcome you into his snuggle buddies group. You can RIP amongst his loving friends……..

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