Last Updated: July 3, 2021 

A Boeing 737 cargo aircraft with two crew on board was forced to make an emergency landing on the water off Honolulu early Friday (02-07-21) after the pilots reported engine trouble, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Local media reported that one pilot was in critical condition, and the other was in serious condition.

Transair Flight 810 was expected to go from Honolulu to Kahului, the main airport on Maui.

The plane was “attempting to return to Honolulu when they were forced to land the aircraft in the water” at about 1:30 am local time, an FAA spokeswoman said in a statement.

The Boeing plane was built in 1975 and powered by two Pratt and Whitney engines, according to the FAA. The aircraft was not a 737 Max, the jet that officials had grounded for 20 months through last November after two fatal crashes.

Both crew members were taken to a Honolulu hospital for treatment, West said.

“Our situation: We lost number 1 engine and we’re coming straight to the airport,” one of the pilots told an air traffic controller, according to audio from the airport’s tower posted on website The pilot said the plane had about two hours worth of fuel. “We’re going to need the fire department.”

“There’s a chance we’re going to lose the other engine,” the pilot said. “It’s running very hot.”

The air traffic controller moments later said: “Low altitude alert. Low altitude alert. Are you able to climb at all?”

“No. Negative,” another pilot said.

The first pilot asked the air traffic controller to “let the Coast Guard know.”

The Coast Guard said it responded to a report of a downed plane south of the island of Oahu at around 1:40 a.m. and that both people on board were rescued, with help from the Honolulu Fire Department.

It said a rescue helicopter located the white-and-orange Transair plane in a debris field at around 2:30 a.m.

One survivor who was seen on the tail of the aircraft was carried out of the water by the rescue helicopter and airlifted to a Honolulu hospital, according to a Coast Guard report. The other person was on top of floating packages and transported to shore by a Honolulu Fire Department rescue boat, it said.

Hawaii News Now, an online news outlet operated by the local CBS and NBC affiliates, said one pilot, 58, was in intensive care in critical condition, while the second pilot, 50, was in serious condition with a head injury and multiple cuts.

“We are aware of the reports out of Honolulu, Hawaii and are closely monitoring the situation,” Boeing said. “We are in contact with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and are working to gather more information.”

The NTSB said it would send 10 investigators to the crash site.

Cargo jets are often decades old, converted to carry freight after years of being used to transport passengers.

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