Transair B737F crashes near Hawaii coast after reported engine trouble

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A Boeing 737-200 freighter aircraft has crashed off the coast of Hawaii after reportedly having experienced engine trouble.

Two pilots were onboard the aircraft, which crashed soon after taking off from Honolulu earlier today (July 2). 

According to the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), both pilots were rescued by the Coast Guard.

The aircraft, powered by twin Pratt & Whitney JT8D engines, was operated by Hawaiian airfreight and charter specialist Transair.

Destined for Kahului on the island of Maui, the flight was scheduled to take just over 30 minutes.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) commented: “Transair flight 810, a Boeing 737 cargo aircraft with two people aboard, made an emergency landing in the ocean off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii, around 1:30am local time on Friday.

“The pilots had reported engine trouble and were attempting to return to Honolulu when they were forced to land the aircraft in the water. According to preliminary information, the US Coast Guard rescued both crew members.”

According to its website, Transair was founded in 1982 and provides air cargo services throughout the state of Hawaii. It operates a fleet of five 737-200 freighters and five Bombardier SD3-60-300s.

The FAA added that it will investigate the crash along with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

 

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