Boeing cargo aircraft makes emergency touchdown close to Honolulu


File photo of a Boeing B737, specifically 737-400 cargo cargo plane.

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A Boeing 737-200 cargo plane made an emergency landing in the ocean near Honolulu early Friday after pilots reported engine problems, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Both pilots were rescued from a field of rubble, said the US Coast Guard.

The FAA said Transair Flight 810 made the forced landing around 1:30 a.m. local time on Friday.

“The pilots had reported engine problems and were trying to return to Honolulu when they were forced to land the plane in the water,” the FAA said. “The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate this.”

The Boeing aircraft was built in 1975 and, according to the FAA, was powered by two Pratt & Whitney engines. The plane was not a 737 Max, the jet that officials had on the ground for 20 months up until last November after two fatal crashes.

The plane took off from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu to Kahului Airport on Maui, the US Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard said it responded to a report of a crashed plane south of Oahu around 1:40 p.m. and that both people on board were rescued with the help of the Honolulu Fire Department.

It was said that a rescue helicopter found the white and orange Transair aircraft around 2:30 a.m. in a field of rubble

A survivor seen at the tail of the plane was carried out of the water by the rescue helicopter and flown to a hospital in Honolulu, according to a Coast Guard report. The other person was on floating packages and was brought ashore by a Honolulu Fire Department lifeboat, it said.

Transair, a Hawaiian cargo airline specializing in inter-island cargo flights, did not immediately return a request for comment. The airline has been operating since 1982, according to its website.

“We are aware of the reports from Honolulu, Hawaii, and are closely monitoring the situation,” said Boeing. “We are in contact with the US National Transportation Safety Board and are working to gather more information.”

The NTSB said it was sending seven investigators to the crash site.

Freight planes are often decades old and have been converted to cargo after years of passenger transport.

Boeing stock lost less than 1% in Friday midday trading, making up some of the day’s losses after news of the crash.