New footage of downed cargo plane bound for Maui, which abandoned in O’ahu waters on July 2
July 13, 2021, 9:44 a.m. HST
* Updated July 13 at 9:55 a.m.
The National Transportation Safety Board released images of a cargo plane that landed in the waters off Oah’u earlier this month shortly after takeoff from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport as it was on its way to Kahului, Maui.
Rhoades Aviation Inc., dba Transair, flight 810 crashed at approximately 1:30 a.m. HST on July 2, 2021 in the waters of Māmala Bay approximately 3 km from Ewa Beach. Both members of the two-person flight crew were injured and were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and Honolulu Fire Department.
The Boeing 737-200 aircraft was severely damaged and sank. A team of NTSB investigators obtained images of the front and rear fuselage and engine intake housing on the ocean floor. Investigators say the aircraft’s main components (the rear fuselage – including the wings and tail – both engines and the front fuselage) were located on the seabed at depths between 360 and 420 feet.
The NTSB reports that a small amount of floating debris was recovered and transported to Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, where it was examined by investigators.
Investigators had planned to use side-scan sonar to study the debris field, the condition of the aircraft and its location, including how far below the surface the aircraft sank. The investigation revealed that the depth of the wreckage is too deep to deploy divers for flight data recovery and cockpit voice recorders.
To date, NTSB operations and human performance investigators have conducted more than 12 interviews: including the flight crew, other Transair personnel, and FAA personnel.
Shortly after the crash, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson told Maui Now the pilots made the emergency landing in the ocean after reporting engine problems.
Other highlights of the survey are as follows:
- Aircraft maintenance records were documented and reviewed by the Aircraft Systems, Powertrain and Maintenance Records Groups of the NTSB.
- Investigators examined a sister ship to familiarize themselves with the setup.
- A fuel sample (from another aircraft that was refueled the same night) was tested. And NO irregularities were found.
- NTSB investigators directed side-scan sonar and remote vehicle operations to locate the wreckage of the plane. Sea Engineering, Inc. used its 43 foot work boat, ‘Huki Pono’ for ROV operations in combination with Chinook ROV, fitted with a secondary GoPro – high definition video recording system, full length transponder. ultra-short wave and Hypack Navigation and DGPS to monitor and record the position of the ROV on the seabed.
- The powertrains, systems, structures, maintenance records, air traffic control and operations / human performance groups have completed the work on site.
- The team will return to O’ahu to retrieve the plane.