A submerged plane that crashed off the coast of Hawaii seen in new photos released by the NTSB

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HONOLULU (KHON2) – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the first underwater images of a Boeing 737 cargo plane that crashed off Oahu on July 2, shortly after takeoff.

The NTSB said on Friday that the major components of the aircraft, including the wings and tail, engines and forward fuselage, were located on the seabed at depths between 360 and 420 feet. Investigators located the wreckage using side scan sonar and remote vehicle operations.

However, the depth of the wreckage was too great to send divers to retrieve flight data and cockpit voice recorders. The investigation team makes plans to recover the aircraft.

Last weekend, officials said a small amount of floating debris was recovered and taken to a coast guard air station where it will be examined.

The Transair cargo flight was en route to Maui when it lost both of its engines, crashing about a mile and a half from Oahu. Firefighters from the Coast Guard airport and the State Department of Transportation responded to the call and rescued the two pilots on board.

“The pilots had reported engine problems and were attempting to return to Honolulu when they were forced to land the plane in the water,” Federal Aviation previously confirmed.

Investigators conducted more than 12 interviews with flight crew, Transair personnel and FAA workers.

The NTSB also released the following new information on Friday:

  • Aircraft maintenance records were documented and reviewed by the Aircraft Systems, Powertrain and Maintenance Records Groups of the NTSB.
  • Investigators examined a sister ship to familiarize themselves with the setup.
  • A fuel sample from another aircraft that was refueled the same night was tested, and no irregularities were found.
  • Sea Engineering, Inc. provided ROV and side scan sonar support for the study of the debris from Flight 810 approximately two miles off Ewa Beach. SEI used its 43-foot work boat, “Huki Pono”, for ROV operations in combination with Chinook ROV, equipped with a secondary GoPro video recording system, ultra-wavelength transponder. short and Hypack Navigation and DGPS to monitor and record the position of the ROV on the seabed.
  • The powertrains, systems, structures, maintenance records, air traffic control and operations / human performance groups have completed the work on site.

Investigators will leave Oahu this weekend and then return later to retrieve the plane.


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