JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) – The downed Boeing 737 Miami Air aircraft was stitting in 4-6 feet of water until it was lifted out of the St. Johns River on Tuesday.
Aircraft parts were removed from the water in preparation for lifting the aircraft.
Removal operations for at Naval Air Station Jacksonville started Tuesday morning. Defueling of the aircraft was completed Monday night. Once safely secured on the barge, it will be transported to a secure location down river.
The NAS Jacksonville airfield remains closed for all incoming aircraft until salvage operations are completed.
The plane was arriving from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba when it slid off the runway and into the St. Johns River Friday night with 143 passengers and crew on board. All were safely rescued with minor injuries. Three pets in the cargo hold perished.
National Transportation Safety Board representatives are investigating the cause of the accident.