Early Friday, a Transair cargo aircraft made an emergency landing in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii, and both crews were rescued. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Transair Flight 810’s crew reported engine problems and were trying to return to Honolulu when they were forced to land the Boeing 737 cargo aircraft in the ocean.
Nothing official is out just yet, but looking at @flightradar24 leads me to believe this Transair 737-200 out of HNL is the aircraft in question. N810TA operating as #T4810. https://t.co/qigokVDzyI https://t.co/Lu4tNNsony pic.twitter.com/694NRweRaB— Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) July 2, 2021
Transair aircraft 810, a cargo aircraft, made an emergency landing off the coast of Honolulu-Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, HI (HNL). At 01:33 a.m. local time, Boeing 737-200C, departed from runway 08R at HNL. After takeoff, the aircraft crew reported engine problems and began returning to the airfield, following ATC instructions.
The aircraft reported engine number one failing and having difficulties sustaining altitude. Due to the aircraft crew’s inability to see the airport, ATC gave heading instructions. When ATC received a low altitude warning from the aircraft, the controller recommended diverting to nearby Kalaeloa Airport. At 01:45 hours, the plane was abandoned due to its inability to reach the airport.
After it ditched into the water, a Coast Guard MH-65M Dolphin is dispatched from Kalaeloa Airport into the plane and all crew were rescued with no injury— Honumiere (@honumiere) July 2, 2021
About the Aircraft
A 45.9-year-old Boeing 737-200 Cargo aircraft registered N810TA and operated by Rhodes Express in Transair livery. On July 23, 1975, the aircraft made its first flight and was handed to Pacific Western Airlines on October 10, 1975. The aircraft changed operators numerous times until being sold to Trans Air on July 17, 2014, by TransMile, a Malaysian company.