Investigators search for cargo plane off Oahu
Investigators continue to gather information about a cargo plane that crashed in Mamala Bay shortly after take off from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
The two members of the two-person flight crew were rescued by the United States Coast Guard and the Honolulu fire department. Both were injured.
The aircraft sustained significant damage and sank. However, the Coast Guard examines a small amount of debris that was recovered.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators are still trying to determine the plane’s exact location. They plan to use side-scan sonar today to examine the condition of the aircraft, its location, and the depth to which the aircraft sank. Investigators will need to find the location of the aircraft for the cockpit voice and flight data recorders to be recovered. These “black boxes” are essential to understand the cause of the crash.
The scanning sonar results will also determine whether the aircraft will be recovered.
Investigators are still interviewing those involved, including pilots, air traffic controllers and maintenance workers.
The 46-year-old plane was operated by Rhoades Aviation as Transair Flight 810. It was supposed to fly from Honolulu to Kahului, Hawaii, but entered the ocean several miles offshore, authorities said. The two pilots, the only people on board, were seriously injured and were clinging to the packages and the tail of the plane when they were rescued by the US Coast Guard, authorities said.
The safety council said it met with other people on Saturday who will be involved in the investigation, including representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, Rhoades Aviation, Boeing, engine manufacturer Pratt and Whitney and air traffic controllers.