Boeing Cargo Plane Crashes in Hawaii: 737 Goes Down in Water Near Honolulu

A Boeing 737 cargo plane operated by Transair has been confirmed by the Federal Aviation Administration to have made an emergency landing in the ocean near Honolulu.

CNBC reported on Friday that the Boeing 737 aircraft—Transair Flight 810—touched down in the waters off the coast of Hawaii with two pilots aboard. Rescue workers were responding to the scene of the aircraft's water landing, according to Hawaii News Now. The incident reportedly happened around 1:45 a.m. local time (or 7:45 a.m. ET).

The plane went down about two miles from Kalaeloa Airport, local news media reported. U.S. Coast Guard are working to respond to the crash as is the Honolulu Fire Department. Rescuers are reportedly using a boat, a C-130 plane and a helicopter.

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At about 1:45 a.m. local time, a Boeing 737 cargo plane went down in the ocean about two miles from Honolulu. Above, a Longtail Aviation Boeing 747 cargo airplane is seen just after take off from Maastricht Aachen Airport on February 20, in Maastricht, Netherlands. BSR Agency/Getty

"Early this morning one of our cargo aircraft made an emergency water landing offshore of Oahu after reporting engine trouble. Two employed flight crew were aboard. Both were rescued by first responders and are receiving medical care," Teimour Riahi,
CEO of Transair, told Newsweek in an emailed statement.

"We are working with the Coast Guard, the FAA and NTSB to secure the scene and investigate the cause," Riahi added. "Our most immediate concern is the care and recovery of our colleagues."

The FAA told CNBC that the pilot of the Boeing aircraft had reported issues prior to the water landing. Both the pilots have been safely rescued.

"The pilots had reported engine trouble and were attempting to return to Honolulu when they were forced to land the aircraft in the water," the FAA said. "According to preliminary information, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued both crew members. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate."

Boeing stock dipped with news of the crash. The U.S. multinational has seen a number of high profile crashes in recent years—with its 737 Max aircraft being grounded by airlines around the world in response to safety concerns. The Transair plane was not a Boeing 737 Max.

More specific information about the Transair aircraft was not immediately available. But cargo planes are often decades old. They are generally converted to become cargo planes after being used for years to transport passengers.

Back in November, the FAA lifted its ban on Boeing 737 Max aircraft after 20 months. That ban came after there were two high profile crashes of Boeing 737 Max aircraft in 2018 and also in 2019—which both occurred within five months and left 346 dead. Those crashes took place in Indonesia on October 29, 2018 and in Ethiopia on March 10, 2019.

With the end of the ban in November, the FAA said that it could "assure the global community that the 737 MAX is safe to operate." FAA administrator Steve Dickson said that the his agency had ensured the aircraft are safe, noting that, "I would put my own family on it, and we will fly on it."

Newsweek reached out to the FAA for further comment but did not immediately receive a response.

Update: 07/02/2021 3:37 p.m.:This story has been updated with comment from Transair's CEO.