By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Investigators have found a Boeing 737-200 cargo jet that made an emergency landing of water from the Hawaiian island of Oahu in the Pacific Ocean on July 2, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday.
Transair Flight 810 was found approx. 2 miles offshore from Ewa Beach. The aircraft’s main components – the rear fuselage including both wings and tail along with both engines and forward fuselage – were located on the seabed at depths between 360 and 420 feet, the NTSB said in a statement.
The aircraft components were located with a Side Scan sonar and remote-controlled vehicle, the NTSB said.
The NTSB said the wreck is too deep to deploy divers to recover flight data and cockpit voice recorders. The investigation team is developing plans to recover the aircraft.
The safety council said fuel samples were tested from another aircraft that was operated the same night and that no irregularities were found. The agency released photos of aircraft components located on the seabed.
The two crew members on Transair Flight 81
The Boeing cargo plane was built in 1975.
The crew reported engine problems and plans to return shortly after starting at. 1:33 local time from Daniel K.Inouye International Airport in Honolulu. The plane was en route to the Hawaiian island of Maui.
The NTSB said its investigators have conducted more than a dozen interviews, including the flight crew, other Transair personnel and Federal Aviation Administration staff.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Leslie Adler)