According to the Hawaii Department of Transportation, 2 pilots are alive after their plane crashed several miles off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, following an incident.
Officials claimed the Transair Boeing 737-200 cargo jet was on its way to Maui from Honolulu when the pilots reported one engine was down and the second was having issues. The pilots lost their second engine about 1:46 a.m. local time and alerted the Federal Aviation Administration that they were going down.
According to the Honolulu Fire Department, one pilot, a 58-year-old male, was hospitalized in critical condition.
The Coast Guard arrived at the collision site within minutes of receiving the call, but around an hour after the incident, according to the agency.
The Coast Guard said that rescuers were fighting 17 mph gusts and that the darkness was unbearable even with night vision equipment. There was a big oil slick in the water and a lot of debris surrounding the crash scene when they arrived.
They witnessed one of the cargo plane’s pilots raising his hands on the fallen air plane’s tip, and the other pilot floating in the water on a cargo load at the moment.
The objective, according to the Coast Guard, was to rescue the pilot floating on the cargo first, but as the plane’s tail began to vanish, a rescue swimmer was dispatched to assist the pilot who had been on the tail.
“It’s incredible that both pilots survived it in the middle of the night,” ABC News contributor and former Marine Col. Steve Ganyard remarked. “Without motors or lights, they were attempting to ditch, unable to see the tops of the waves.”
The reason for the crash remained unknown at the time.
The plane was barely in the air for 12 minutes before the pilots were forced to dump it in the Pacific Ocean, according to FlightRadar 24.
The pilot was overheard on air traffic control audio stating, “We’re about to lose the other engine, it’s running very hot.” “It doesn’t appear to be safe out here; you should contact the Coast Guard.”
The pilots had both ejected themselves from the plane by the time Coast Guard troops arrived, according to the Coast Guard.
The plane seems to have sunk, according to the Coast Guard.
It’s “very rare” for an airplane to lose both engines “in such a short period of time,” according to Ganyard.
According to FAA data, the plane in question is more than 40 years old, and just a few are still flying today. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board will examine the plane’s age and maintenance records, according to Ganyard.
Boeing said it is keeping an eye on the issue and is in communication with the National Transportation Safety Board.
In a statement, Transair stated, “We’re securing the site and investigating the cause with the help of the Coast Guard, FAA, and NTSB. Our main concern right now is the treatment and rehabilitation of our coworkers.”