The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States reported that the Coast Guard rescued the two crew members of Transair Flight 810, which suffered the incident upon returning to Honolulu.
A Boeing 737 cargo plane with two crew members on board had to make an emergency landing off Hawaii early Friday morning after an engine problem. The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States (FAA) announced. Transair Flight 810 "was attempting to return to Honolulu when it was forced to land "around 2.30 am local time (12.30 GMT), an FAA spokeswoman said in a statement.
"According to preliminary information, the US Coast Guard rescued both members of the crew," the message added.
Flight 810 had left Honolulu at 1:33 am for Kahului Airport in Maui. Still, it quickly turned back to Honolulu, according to aviation data from FlightAware and Flightradar24. The pilot reported the damage at that time and tried to return to land, but realizing that it would not arrive, he opted for an emergency landing.
A Coast Guard spokesman, Petty Officer Matthew West, told CNN that a Coast Guard helicopter rescued one of the crew and that "a firefighter helicopter rescued the other." A Coast Guard patrol was also deployed in the area. Both crew members were taken to a Honolulu hospital for treatment, West said, saying he had no additional information about their health status.
Boeing "is aware of the information coming from Honolulu, Hawaii, and is monitoring the situation closely," a company spokesman said. According to a source close to the matter, the plane is a 737 Classic that would have been manufactured at least 33 years ago.
The manufacturer claims to be in contact with the US National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB). This agency investigates transportation accidents and is in the process of compiling the available information. Both the FAA and the NTSB will investigate the incident.
The event was reminiscent of the forced landing of an Airbus A320 in the Hudson River, north of New York, in January 2009. After a breakdown caused by the impact of a flock of wild geese and when the control tower advised him to land at a nearby airport, the pilot Chesley Sullenberger decided to do so on the river, saving the lives of the 155 passengers and crew members.
The 737 MAX, launched in 2017, suffered two accidents in 2018 and 2019 that left 346 deaths due to a defect in the MCAS flight control software. The tragedies forced the entire fleet of the model to be grounded for 20 months until the end of 2020 when it was authorized to resume activity.
The FAA gave Boeing bad news weeks ago by rejecting the certification of its 777X aircraft, a new version of its popular 777 aircraft, which it has been developing since 2013. In a May 13 letter revealed by Reuters a few days ago, The FAA told Boeing Co that its 777X aircraft is not yet ready for a significant certification step and warned that it "realistically" will not be cleared until mid-to-late 2023. "Unless it meets our safety standards, the FAA will not approve any aircraft," the agency said in a statement Sunday.