Lucky passangers. Could have been much worse.
Only two possibilities -
1. Pilot error due to decline in training standards.
2. ATC mistake. Alowing the Boeing 737 to land on a shortened runaway during wet weather.
If it is #2, wouldn't pilot error still be a cause (whether it be root or contributing)? If ATC tells you to land with a tailwind on a short, wet runway, I assume the pilot has a responsibility to tell ATC that's not doable (or at least not advisable) and ask for another runway or a diversion to another field. IANAP so happy to be corrected if I'm wrong. (EDIT: I see dr1980 already said the same thing.)
Runway overruns seem to be (relatively) common, as air accidents go. I'm curious how long pilots have to initiate a go-around...I usually hear about 'em when they miss the approach or aren't lined up properly or something, but once you're on the ground and you aren't slowing down fast enough, can you initiate a go-around at that point? Obviously it depends on your speed and how much runway you have ahead of you...but in a typical landing scenario, is there time to deploy the speed brakes and reversers, figure out that they aren't doing enough, and do a go around?
I just heard a rumor from one of the TV talking heads that there might have been a hydraulic or brake failure (no idea what the original source on that might be so I'm not believing it at this point)... But I am curious if you bring a plane to a complete stop on the reversers alone in the case of a brake failure? I assume yes. I also assume that the other way around (no reversers, but working brakes) would be much more difficult on a wet runway with a tailwind.
Most importantly, glad that all the [humans] are safe. Unfortunately they have not yet reached the pets in the hold, so they are not optimistic about their survival
There were also pets checked in the luggage compartment below. Bormann said they have not been rescued, and they likely didn't make it.
This statement was released by NAS Jacksonville this morning:
"Many people are asking about the pets aboard the aircraft that skidded off the runway into the St. Johns River last night at NAS Jacksonville. Unfortunately, they have not been retrieved yet due to safety issues with the aircraft. Our hearts and prayers go out to those pet owners during this terrible incident."