Transcript for NTSB investigating what caused Boeing 737 to slide off the runway
Now to the investigation into the plane that skidded off a runway in jackonville, landing in a river. The NTSB recovering the flight data recorder, but still hasn't been able to get ahold of that crucial cockpit voice recorder. ABC's Victor Oquendo is on the St. John's river with the latest. Good morning, Victor. Reporter: Good morning, Eva. That cockpit voice recorder is still under water. The NTSB is sending more investigators out here to the scene right behind us. We heard from a passenger this morning, he said when they tried landing, the plane bounced twice and then came to a violent stop in the water. He said the top of the aircraft cracked and everyone got soaked. In a word -- chaotic. This morning, investigators back on the scene of this near-tragedy in Jacksonville. Working to determine how this Boeing 737 with 143 people onboard overran the runway and slid into the river. The impact apparently slicing off the nose cone, somehow, everyone survived. A miracle. I don't know how we survived. Reporter: Bob Gibson, a Navy vet was on that plane which was chartered by the department of defense carrying military and civilians from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Florida. It was chaotic. Thrown around for quite a bit. For the first 30 to 45 seconds on the ground, it was pretty much chaos, people screaming. Children crying. People were calling out for help. Reporter: As rescue crews raced to the scene late Friday night, they found some passengers waiting on the wings. 22 people were taken to the hospital including one child, but everyone is expected to be okay. Sadly, there were pets onboard and officials believe they may have died. Our initial responders did look inside the cargo bay they didn't see anything. They didn't hear any animal noises. Reporter: The NTSB say they'll be taking a close look at the weather. A strong storm was passing through the area at the time. The flight data recorder quickly recovered and sent to the laboratory in Washington, D.C. The 37 800 is a very reliable airplane. No reason it should run off the end of the runway. Things like weather factor, pilot error, places where investigators will be looking. Reporter: Bob Gibson is back home in Virginia. Feeling very fortunate. Things could have turned out a lot worse than they did. I think god had his hand on that plane. That's why I'm sitting here today. Reporter: Gibson joked he said, he considered walking home to Virginia. But he faced his fear getting on another plane. Victor Oquendo with an incredible view there from the St. John's river. We'll move now on to a
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