A Transair Boeing 737-200 freighter, operated by Rhoades Aviation, made an emergency landing in water shortly after departing Honolulu. Reports indicate the aircraft suffered engine troubles, which caused its pilots to ditch the aircraft into water.
Both pilots survived the emergency, and were rescued by the US Coast Guard. What makes the rescue even more spectacular is that it occurred overnight.
The fight took off and climbed to around 2,100 feet, the aircraft then turned right to try and circle back to the airport.
In a statement to CNN the FAA said
“The pilots had reported engine trouble and were attempting to return to Honolulu when they were forced to land the aircraft in the water,”
One of the two crew members was rescued by the Coast Guard, by being winched to safety. The other was rescued by Airport Rescue Fire Fighters based at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
The aircraft involved was registered N810TA and was delivered to Pacific Western Airlines in 1975. Since 2014 it has flown for Transair.