Two pilots hospitalized as plane sinks after emergency landing off Hawaii
A nearly half-century-old Boeing 737 freighter sank off the coast of Honolulu after making an emergency landing on Friday morning, while two pilots on board were hospitalized after being rescued by the coast guard , according to a spokesperson and local media.
One pilot, who was on the tail of the plane before it sank, was hoisted out of the water by a Coast Guard helicopter, while the other pilot floated on packages before being pulled over a lifeboat by a Honolulu Fire Department, a Coast Guard spokesperson. said in a statement.
The helicopter pilot, 58, is in intensive care at Queen’s Medical Center while the other, 50, suffers from a head injury and cuts and is in serious condition, reported Hawaii News Now.
The pilots of Transair flight 810 “suffered an engine malfunction shortly after take-off,” the coast guard said, and made an emergency landing more than two miles offshore at around 1:40 am, or 7:40 am, time. from the east.
The aircraft was built in 1975, according to FAA records cited by the online service Flight radar24.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA will both investigate, the FAA said.
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