2 Injured After Boeing 737 Cargo Plane Crashes Off West O‘ahu
* Updated July 2, 9:00 AM
A cargo plane that crashed in the waters off West O‘ahu this morning has left one pilot in critical condition and another in serious condition.
The video above is courtesy of the US Coast Guard of the rescue early this morning.
The Federal Aviation Administration and seven investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating Friday’s crash of the Transair Boeing 737-200 cargo airplane.
NTSB sending team of 7 investigators for investigation of Friday's crash of a Transair Boeing 737-200 cargo airplane in the waters off the island of Oahu near Honolulu.
— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) July 2, 2021
According to the US Coast Guard, crews initially received the call around 1:40 a.m. of a downed plane about two miles off Kalaeloa Airport, according to a Hawai‘i News Now report.
According to the HNN report, officials said the Transair Flight 810 had departed from the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport and was heading to Kahului, Maui. That’s when the two pilots reported engine trouble just after takeoff.
“The pilots were then forced to make an emergency landing in the water after both engines failed,” HNN reports.
At around 2:30 a.m. a Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter located the debris field and spotted the two pilots in the water. One of the pilots was airlifted to Queen’s Medical Center.
According to HNN, the 58-year-old was in the intensive care unit in critical condition.
The other pilot was brought to shore by a rescue boat. Once on shore, Emergency Medical Services treated the 50-year-old and took him to the hospital in serious condition with a head injury and multiple cuts.
According to the Coast Guard, the plane sunk and crews will evaluate the debris at first light Friday.
Department of Transportation spokesman Jai Cunningham told HNN there weren’t any interruptions to air traffic in the area.
“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,” he stated.