Transair B737: engine failed aircraft ditched off the coast of Honolulu

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.

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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.

Transair Boeing 737-275C N810TA
Transair Boeing 737-275C N810TA

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.

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.

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