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Transair 737 makes emergency landing in water near Honolulu

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A Transair 737 operated by Rhoades Aviation made an emergency landing in the water near Honolulu after reportedly suffering engine trouble. Initial information from the FAA indicates both crew members of the cargo jet were rescued by the US Coast Guard.

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The flight departed Honolulu at 11:33 UTC. It reached a maximum altitude of 2,125 ft AMSL at 11:36. The last received ADS-B signal from the aircraft was at 11:45:18 at 0 ft AMSL, 114 Kts ground speed.

Transair T4810 flight path


The Boeing 737-275C(A) registered N810TA was operated for Transair by Rhoades Aviation. The aircraft was first delivered to Pacific Western Airlines in 1975. It has flown for Transair since 2014.

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9 July — Aircraft located on the sea floor

The NTSB has located the aircraft on the ocean floor approximately 2 miles from Ewa Beach. The fuselage split into 2 sections, breaking just forward of the wings. The process of recovering the aircraft or just the flight data recorders is now underway.

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Engine inlet case from Transair 810 resting on the ocean floor.

2 November — NTSB releases photos and video of aircraft recovery

On 2 November 2021, the NTSB released photos and video of the recovery operation. The fuselage, engines, and data recorders were recovered and brought to shore. The engines and front landing gear assembly were recovered on 17 October. One of two JT8D engines recovered The forward fuselage was recovered on 20 October and brought to shore on 22 October.

The forward fuselage of N810TA sits on a ship after receovery from the ocean floor

And finally, the aft fuselage section, which weighed 65,000 pounds, was retrieved on 30 October.

The aft fuselage section of N810TA is hoisted onto a ship after recovery from the ocean floorVideo of the recovery operation

15 June 2023 — NTSB releases final report

The NTSB released its final report from its investigation into the flight. The NTSB determined that the first officer misidentified the engine without power and moved the throttle to idle on the left engine instead of the right, leading to a low-energy state in the aircraft and the eventual ditching into the bay south of Hawaii. Read the full report.

Featured image © BennyH


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