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Boeing 737 cargo plane makes emergency water landing off Hawaii

Stock MarketsJul 02, 2021 07:21PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. The U.S. Coast Guard and Honolulu Fire Department respond to an emergency nighttime landing of a Boeing 737-200 cargo plane in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii, July 2, 2021. Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard 2/2

By David Shepardson and Ankit Ajmera

(Reuters) -A decades-old Boeing (NYSE:BA) Co 737-200 cargo airplane with two people on board made an emergency nighttime landing in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii, early on Friday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said.

The FAA said both crew members were rescued, citing preliminary information.

"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.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate.

Transair Flight 810 departed Honolulu at 1:33 a.m. local time bound for Maui's Kahului airport but quickly turned back toward Honolulu, according to aviation data from FlightAware.com.

Shortly after, the Coast Guard responded to reports of the downed plane south of the island of Oahu with two people on board. Around 2:30 a.m., a Coast Guard helicopter located the debris field and found one of the crew members clinging to the plane's tail. That person was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital.

The other survivor was spotted on top of some floating packages and was picked up by a Honolulu Fire Department rescue boat for transport to shore, according to a spokesperson from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Both were being evaluated by medical personnel and their current condition was unknown.

The crew knew they were in trouble.

"We've lost number one engine," one of the pilots told Honolulu air traffic control in a recording posted on LiveATC, an audio streaming site that broadcasts air traffic control communications.

"We are going to need the fire department ... We're going to lose the other engine, too. It's running very hot."

Boeing said it was closely monitoring the situation and was in contact with the NTSB. The airplane was built by Boeing in 1975, according to FAA records. The plane was first delivered to Pacific Western Airlines and joined Transair's fleet in 2014, according to Flightradar24.com.

The plane was equipped with Pratt & Whitney engines. Pratt & Whitney said it was supporting the NTSB's investigation.

Rhoades Aviation Inc does business as Transair, which is one of Hawaii’s largest air cargo carriers and has been in business since 1982. It has a fleet of five Boeing 737s that fly daily to all major Hawaiian island destinations, according to its website.

Marsh & McLennan Cos Inc, the insurance broker for Boeing, declined to comment.

Shares of Boeing were trading slightly lower on Friday afternoon on the New York Stock Exchange.

Boeing's 737 MAX was cleared to fly by regulators late last year after a 20-month grounding following two accidents that killed hundreds of people.

The 737 in Friday's incident was an older generation than the MAX.

Boeing 737 cargo plane makes emergency water landing off Hawaii
 

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Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jul 02, 2021 9:47PM ET
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PnW engines have to most problems for civil planes. They r not designed to last.
Stephen Fa
Stephen Fa Jul 02, 2021 4:37PM ET
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Emergency landings are on a runway. This was a crash.
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Jul 02, 2021 1:00PM ET
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Boeing has made some GREAT planes over the years !!
Carrascal Eduardo
Edouard Jul 02, 2021 12:05PM ET
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I mean are the Boeing 747s, old or new saves inaf ..?
Joel Schwartz
Joel Schwartz Jul 02, 2021 12:05PM ET
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The -200 models are 46 year old designs. No clue how old this specific plane was though.
Carrascal Eduardo
Edouard Jul 02, 2021 11:51AM ET
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Boeing planes are not safe
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Jul 02, 2021 11:51AM ET
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Considering the historical flight hours to fatalities, no plane maker will ever beat Boeing's safety record. The commercial air travel industry wouldn't exist without Boeing's history and technology. The rest of the industry is literally standing on Boeing's shoulders. You really should read more.
Ken Russo
Ken Russo Jul 02, 2021 10:41AM ET
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First of all, the photo at the top of the article is not a 737, and I would expect Reuters to have access to a photo of the correct model aircraft.  Second, the last paragraph refers to the problem that Boeing had with its 737 Max aircraft but the article does not identify the 737 aircraft that crash landed as a 737 Max.  So why is Reuters apparently slinging mud at Boeing?
Pilot TwoFive
Pilot TwoFive Jul 02, 2021 10:41AM ET
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Because Reuters is not a reputable news outlet. Bunch of lying Marxists.
Saroop Calvete
Saroop Calvete Jul 02, 2021 10:41AM ET
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Yes, the model 737-200 was a really old plane. Probably a maintenance issue. Reuters does not do its homework.
Adrian White
Adrian White Jul 02, 2021 10:41AM ET
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Reuters is not slinging mud at Boeing in any way. The article was very factual (apart from the photo used, although they never claimed it was a photo of the same model). As for the quick mention of the Max problems, in the 2nd to last paragraph, I think it's pretty clear that they only mentioned that because most readers don't know as much as you do about the different models, and might mistakenly think of the Max when they read "737". They follow up, however, by clarifying that it was a different model in this case.
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Pilot TwoFive Jul 02, 2021 10:41AM ET
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Adrian White because most readers have the intelligence of a field mouse
Rafael Araújo
Rafael Araújo Jul 02, 2021 10:41AM ET
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Reuters is the rubbish of news media companies. Everyone knows that.
 
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