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Pilots in Stable Condition After Making Emergency Water Landing Off West O‘ahu

July 2, 2021, 10:15 AM HST
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Two pilots are currently in stable condition after they were rescued offshore when their Transair 737 Boeing cargo plane went down off West O‘ahu.

According to a statement from Transair, they stated the two employed flight crew aboard the aircraft were forced to make an emergency water landing after reporting engine trouble.

The plane went down two miles south of Kalaeloa. At 1:40 a.m., the US Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) Honolulu watchstanders received a report from Honolulu Air Traffic Control stating the Boeing 737 had downed offshore, according to a press release from USCG.

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners, deployed the Air Station Barbers Point Dolphin helicopter and a HC-130 Hercules aircrews, launched a Station Honolulu 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126) in response.

Both pilots aboard were rescued by an Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and Honolulu Fire Department rescue boat and brought to The Queen’s Medical Center. They are reported to be in stable condition at this time.

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“Our crews often train closely with our counterparts in the Honolulu Fire Department for situations just like this one,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Masato Nakajima, a Sector Honolulu watchstander. “That training paid off and we were able to quickly deploy response assets to the scene and recover the two people aboard the aircraft.”

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Transair CEO Teimour Riahi said they working with the Coast Guard, the FAA and NTSB to secure the scene and investigate the cause.

“Our most immediate concern is the care and recovery of our colleagues,” Riahi stated. “We will provide additional information as soon as it becomes available.”

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