In the middle of the night, a Boeing 737 freighter has to make an emergency landing off the coast of Hawaii. The reason: an engine failure. The crew manages to land the plane on the water. The US Coast Guard rescued both crew members, the FAA announced.
The pilots reported engine failure and tried to return to Honolulu Airport. However, at around 2:30 a.m., they were forced to land the plane on the water.
Pilot (58) seriously injured in intensive care
The crew members were rescued with helicopters from the Coast Guard and the fire department, according to CNN. A coast guard ship was also in use. The two pilots were taken to a hospital in Honolulu for treatment.
According to the news site “Hawaii News Now”, one of the pilots (58) is in intensive care with life-threatening injuries. The second pilot (50) is said to have sustained a head injury and several cuts.
Misfortune is being investigated
According to “Hawaii News Now”, the machine has sunk, and an attempt is now being made to recover the machine. The US aviation authority now says: “The FAA and the US traffic safety authority NTSB will investigate the incident.”
The machine normally transports freight between the main Hawaiian islands and, according to the FlightAware website, traveled between Honolulu on the island of Oahu and Kahului on Maui.
According to investigators, the aircraft involved in the accident is at least 33 years old Boeing 737 Classic – not a 737 MAX. The Boeing 737 MAX made headlines with two crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia with a total of 346 deaths in 2018 and 2019. (euc / AFP)