Boeing 737 Makes Emergency Landing in Pacific Ocean Off Hawaii, Both Pilots Safe

By Kurt Stolz on 2 July 2021
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The coast of Honolulu from the air

A Transair cargo plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean several miles off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, after reporting an emergency.

Transair Flight 810, a Boeing 737-200 cargo plane, was en route from Honolulu to Maui when the pilots told air-traffic controllers that one engine was down and that there were issues with the other.

“We’ve lost No. 1 engine, and we’re coming straight to the airport,” one pilot said to controllers. “We’re going to need the fire department. There’s a chance we’re going to lose the other engine, too, it’s running very hot. We’re very low on speed.”

A few moments later, at or around 1:46 a.m. local time on Friday, the pilots lost the second engine and informed air traffic control of the situation.

The plane, however, never made it back toDaniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu.

Before it ditched, one pilot told the control tower,“It doesn’t look good out here.”

The U.S. Coast Guard said it responded within minutes of getting the call, which did not come until an hour after the crash, the maritime branch of the United States Armed Forces said.

Rescue workers, including a rescue swimmer from the Coast Guard, located both pilots and brought them to safety.

“One was on the tail and the other clinging to packages,” Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Karin Evelyn told the Associated Press in an e-mailed statement. As a Coast Guard helicopter got close to the wreckage, “the airplane began to sink putting the individual on the tail in the water. The crews hoisted them safely on the aircraft. The rescue swimmer then assisted the other individual.”

The pilots were brought to Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu where one pilot, a 58-year-old male, was reportedly in critical condition, the television news program Hawaii News Now reported Saturday.  The second pilot, a 50-year-old male, was in serious condition with a head injury and multiple lacerations, it was reported.

The Boeing 737-200 is one of two first-generation 737 aircraft.  It was a 737-100 with an extended fuselage launched via an order from United Airlines in 1965.  It first went into service in 1968 with United as the launch customer.

The 737-200 was manufactured until 1971 and the last passenger flight took place in March 2008, with Aloha Airlines.  A total of 991 737-200s were built, compared to 30 of the original 737-100.

There have been a total of 502 aviation accidents and incidents involving 737 aircraft of all types, including 218 hull losses, which resulted in a total of 5,585 fatalities.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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