NTSB releases first images of wreckage of cargo plane in deep waters of Oahu
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The NTSB released the first underwater images of a Boeing 737 cargo plane that crashed off Oahu earlier this month and now rests hundreds of feet underwater.
In an update issue Friday, the NTSB said the wreckage was in several pieces on the ocean floor.
Divers are unable to make it to the site to retrieve flight data and cockpit voice recorders, crucial items that could help determine what caused the large cargo plane to fall.
Two pilots aboard Transair flight 810 from Honolulu to Kahului were seriously injured in the crash, which occurred on July 2 shortly after takeoff.
Moments after their rescue, the wreckage of the Boeing 737-200 sank.
Both engines apparently failed before abandoning it in the water.
“We have lost the number one engine and we are arriving directly at the airport. We’re pretty low on speed. It doesn’t sound good, ”one of the pilots told air traffic controllers, according to audio recordings.
Shortly thereafter, the pilots received a “low altitude alert”.
“Are you able to climb?” A controller can be heard asking. “Negative,” replies one of the pilots.
The NTSB said its investigative team will be leaving Oahu this weekend after interviewing the flight crew, other people working for Transair and FAA staff.
[Previous coverage: 2 pilots rescued after Boeing 737 cargo plane crashes in water shortly after takeoff from Honolulu]
Investigators also reviewed maintenance records and examined the twin aircraft to familiarize themselves with the configuration.
And they used an R / C vehicle to get to the wreckage, doing extensive scans of the area and taking photos.
Authorities said the scattered wreckage was about two miles off Ewa Beach and at a depth of 360 to 420 feet. The main components of the aircraft were recovered, including the fuselage, wings and two engines.
The NTSB said it would send a separate team to Oahu to work on the plane’s recovery.
This story will be updated.
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