The Transair Beoing 737 Cargo Jet sits on the tarmac at the Transair Cargo facility at Dainel K. Inouye International Airport on July 2, 2021 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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A Boeing The 737-200 cargo plane urgently landed in the ocean near Honolulu early Friday after pilots reported engine problems, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Both pilots were rescued from a field of debris, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
The FAA said Transair flight 810 made an emergency landing on Friday around 1:30 a.m. local time.
“The pilots reported engine problems and were trying to return to Honolulu when they were forced to lower the plane into the water,” the FAA said. “It will be investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.”
The Boeing plane was built in 1975 and was powered by two Pratt and Whitney engines, according to the FAA. The plane was not a 737 Max, a jet that officers landed 20 months until last November after two fatal crashes.
The plane took off from Honolulu International Airport Daniel K. Inouye en route to Kahului Airport on Maui, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
“Our situation: We lost engine number 1 and are coming straight to the airport,” one of the pilots told the air traffic controller, according to a sound from the airport tower posted on the LiveATC.net website. The pilot said the plane had about two hours of fuel. “We’re going to need firefighters.”
“There is a chance that we will lose another engine,” the pilot said. “It works very hot.”
Moments later, the air traffic controller said, “Low altitude warning. Low altitude warning. Can you climb at all?”
“No. Negative,” said the other pilot.
The first pilot asked the air traffic controller to “inform the coast guard”.
The Coast Guard said it responded to a report of a downed plane south of the island of Oahu around 1:40 a.m. and that both people on board were rescued, with the help of the Honolulu Fire Department.
A rescue helicopter was said to have located a white-and-orange Transair plane in a garbage field around 2:30 p.m.
According to a Coast Guard report, one survivor who was seen on the tail of the aircraft was rescued from the water by a rescue helicopter and transported by helicopter to a hospital in Honolulu. The other person was on top of the floating packages and was transported to the shore by the rescue boat of the Honolulu fire service, it is stated.
Transair CEO Teimour Riahi said in a statement that the carrier was working with the FAA, NTSB and Coast Guard to “secure the scene and investigate the cause”.
“Our immediate concern is the care and recovery of our colleagues,” Riahi said.
The airline, which specializes in flying cargo between the Hawaiian Islands, has been in business since 1982, according to its website.
“We are aware of reports from Honolulu, Hawaii and are closely monitoring the situation,” Boeing said. “We are in contact with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and are working to gather additional information.”
The NTSB said it was sending 10 investigators to the crash site.
Cargo planes are often decades old, converted to cargo after years of use to transport passengers.
Boeing shares made up for some of the losses that occurred after the news of the fall, but recorded a 1.3% drop to $ 236.68.