A Boeing 737 cargo plane has crashed off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii. It is thought to have crashed due to an engine error. The two occupants of the plane were rescued by the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and the Coast Guard. This information has been revealed from the report of the British media BBC.
The plane crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff on its way from Honolulu to Mayu Island. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash. Video footage broadcast on NBC television showed a man in a wheelchair being taken away. He is thought to be the pilot of the plane. He was seen in a conscious state. An ambulance was also seen leaving the scene.
Flight tracking website Flightradar24 said in a tweet that the crashed 737-200 cargo plane had been used by TransAir since 2014. The aircraft was built in 1985. The aircraft was first delivered to Pacific Western Airlines.
According to Flight Radar24, TransAir Flight 610 left Honolulu for Kahului at 1:33 local time. But after a while it came back and a few minutes from the sky it crashed into the water.
According to TransAir’s website, they have been in business since 1982. And they operate one of the largest cargo aircraft in Hawaii. They have five Boeing 737s in their fleet.
It is to be noted that Boeing 737 Max was involved in several passenger plane crashes in 2016 and 2019. After these incidents, the authorities stopped the flight of these planes. But the plane that crashed in Honolulu is different.
In 2020, US authorities allowed the 737 Max aircraft to take off again. However, the investigation has recently started again with this aircraft.
A Boeing 737-200 cargo plane with two people aboard made an emergency landing in the water off the coast of Hawaii on Friday morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The pilots of Transair Flight 810 reported engine trouble and attempted to return to Honolulu before they decided to land the plane in the ocean, officials said in a statement.
The pilots, who were en route to Maui, reported one engine was down and then lost their second engine before 2 a.m., ABC News reported citing the state’s department of transportation.
Rescue workers in a Coast Guard helicopter located two people who had been in the downed interisland transport plane in the water and transported one of them to Queens Medical Center, according to a statement from U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Commander Karin Evelyn.
Cargo jets are often decades old, converted to carry freight after years of being used to transport passengers.
Boeing shares were down less than 1% in midday trading Friday, recovering some of the day’s losses that occurred after the news of the crash.
“One survivor was located on the tail of the aircraft, went into the water as the plane sunk, and was hoisted by the MH-65 and transported to Queen’s Medical Center for evaluation,” Evelyn said. “The other survivor was located on top of some floating packages, declined a hoist, and was picked up by a Honolulu Fire Department rescue boat for transport to shore.”
Queen’s Medical Center said the first patient, a 58-year-old man, was in critical condition in the ICU. The other patient, a 50-year-old man, was reported to be in serious condition with a head injury and multiple lacerations.
The plane was operating a flight for Transair, which provides cargo flights within the state of Hawaii. Flight records show that the plane had taken off from Honolulu for a brief flight to Kahului Airport on the nearby island of Maui.
Both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have launched an investigation into Friday’s crash. Evelyn said the aircraft’s wreckage appeared to have sunk in approximately 150 feet (46 meters) of water.