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Boeing 737 goes down off coast of Hawaii near Honolulu

AirQuarius (ZS-GAV) “Karen” Boeing 737-200. (Martin Swart/Wikimedia Commons)
July 02, 2021

A Boeing 737 cargo plane crash-landed in the ocean near Honolulu in Hawaii on Friday morning.

Sources first told CNBC that the plane experienced engine trouble after taking off from Honolulu and attempted to turn back, but were forced to put the plane down in the water.

The two pilots on board were later rescued by the Coast Guard, CNBC later said, citing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“The pilots had reported engine trouble and were attempting to return to Honolulu when they were forced to land the aircraft in the water,” the FAA said in a statement reported by CNBC. “According to preliminary information, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued both crew members. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.”

The FAA identified the plane as Transair Flight 810. The incident took place around 2:30 a.m. local time.

The incident was also confirmed by Hawaii’s Department of Transportation, who said the agency did not expect any interruptions of other flights.

“Moving forward throughout the morning, passenger flights as well as air cargo and other flights, general aviation, leaving Honolulu, coming into Honolulu, will not be affected — also include Kalaeloa as one of our airports — it will not be affected either,” DOT spokesman Jai Cunningham told Hawaii News Now.

No other official details were immediately available.

According to flight data on aircraft tracking websites Radar Box and Flight Radar, the plane was in flight for a little more than 10 minutes before going down near Ewa Beach, across the bay from Honolulu. The data shows the plane only reached a high altitude of 2,125 feet.

Additionally, flight data for a U.S. Coast Guard 6544, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, showed the aircraft circling over the same last reported area of the Boeing 737.

The flight data for the Transair flight listed the aircraft as a Boeing 737-275C, which is not the same as the 737 MAX variant that has been at the center of problems for Boeing in recent years.

By 10 a.m. EST, Boeing’s stock price had dropped about 2% after news of the crash spread.