Florida crash jet owned by Irish company and visited Shannon in March

Florida crash jet owned by Irish company and visited Shannon in March
A Miami Air International Boeing 737-800 jet arriving at Shannon in January 2017. Photo: Pat Flynn

The passenger jet that crashed into a river in the US last night is leased from an Irish company and visited Shannon earlier this year.

The Miami Air International Boeing 737-800 jet ran off the end of the runway at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida while trying to land in a thunderstorm.

There were 143 passengers and crew on board the flight which was arriving from Guantánamo Bay Naval Air Station in Cuba, when it slid off the runway into the St. Johns River at 9.42pm local time (2.42am Irish time).

All 136 passengers and seven crew members were rescued during a massive operation and while 21 people were transported to hospital, their injuries were reported to be non-life-threatening.

It has emerged that Miami Air International leases some of its 8-strong fleet of aircraft from two Irish leasing companies including the jet at the centre of this incident.

The aircraft, (registration N732MA) listed as being leased from Dublin-based aircraft leasing company Avolon, also visited Shannon Airport on March 12 this year.

The airline is one of a number of civilian carriers that undertake charter flights for the US Department of Defence and use Shannon Airport for refuelling stops.

On March 12, the same jet landed at Shannon while en route from Athens to the US while other aircraft in the fleet have also visited Shannon in the past and as recently as last month.

According to records, the incident jet is leased from Dublin-based aircraft leasing company Avolon which lists Miami Air International as one of its 150 customers worldwide.

The airline has leased at least two aircraft from Avolon along with two others from another Irish company, AerCap.

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