Crews aim to recover plane that ditched in ocean off Oahu

  • FILE - In this July 2, 2021 file photo, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter patrols the area of debris from a 737 cargo plane that crashed off Oahu near Honolulu. Crews will use a barge outfitted with a crane to try to recover a cargo plane that ditched into the ocean off Honolulu. The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday, Sept. 30, it is sending investigators to the site where the Boeing 737 went into the water back in July. (Craig T. Kojima/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP, File)

  • In this image taken July 8, 2021, and provided by Sea Engineering, Inc. shows an engine from Transair flight 810 as it rests on the ocean floor about 2 miles from Ewa Beach. Crews will use a barge outfitted with a crane to try to recover a cargo plane that ditched into the ocean off Honolulu. The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021 it is sending investigators to the site where the Boeing 737 went into the water back in July. (Sea Engineering, Inc. via AP)

  • The forward fuselage, above, and a turbine, right, from Transair flight 810 rest on the ocean floor about 2 miles from Ewa Beach. Crews will use a barge outfitted with a crane to try to recover a cargo plane that ditched into the ocean off Honolulu. The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday it is sending investigators to the site where the Boeing 737 went into the water back in July. (Sea Engineering, Inc./via AP)

WASHINGTON — Federal investigators will try to recover the wreckage of a cargo plane that ditched into the ocean near Honolulu after developing engine trouble.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday it was sending a team of investigators to the site where the Boeing 737 went into the ocean in July while pilots were trying to return to the airport shortly after takeoff.

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The NTSB said a ship with remotely operated vehicles and a barge with a crane will be used in the recovery effort, which is expected to start around Oct. 9.

The safety board said the wreckage contains important information including the black boxes that contain flight data and cockpit sounds.

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Both pilots were plucked from the water by Coast Guard rescuers after the nighttime ditching. The TransAir flight was operated by Rhoades Aviation. Federal regulators have since grounded the company.

The fuselage broke into two pieces and came to rest about 350 to 450 feet below the surface and 2 miles from shore.

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