A large US Navy aircraft’s flight data recorder that deviated from a runway and landed in the water near Honolulu this week has been successfully recovered as the military formulates plans for the aircraft’s removal.
The incident transpired on Monday at a military base in Hawaii when a surveillance aircraft, maneuvering amidst wet conditions, surpassed the runway and ultimately landed in Kaneohe Bay. Authorities report that, remarkably, all nine individuals on board emerged unharmed.
At Marine Corps Base Hawaii, the Aircraft Mishap Board of the Navy is presently undertaking an on-site investigation with the objective of determining the accident’s cause and any potential contributing factors.
Marine Corps Base Hawaii is located on the island of Oahu, approximately 10 miles away from Honolulu. It has the capacity to house approximately 5,100 family members and 9,300 military personnel. On the island is a substantial military installation.
On Thursday, sailors from a mobile diving and salvage unit successfully recovered the data recorder from the P-8A plane. Additionally, they performed a hydrographic survey to evaluate the aircraft’s structural integrity. The recorder is equipped with critical flight data, such as altitude, airspeed, and additional vital information.
Peter Forman, an authority on aircraft, remarked that the airstrip at the base is comparatively brief, and that wind and unfavorable weather conditions could have contributed to the incident.
Navy Protects Kaneohe Bay Coral Reefs
Moreover, the survey included an assessment of the marine and coral ecosystems that encircled the aircraft. As per the Navy’s statement, this evaluation will assist in mitigating the effects throughout the aircraft removal procedure.
Concerns have been raised by Kaneohe Bay locals regarding the potential for injury to coral reefs and the proximity of petroleum or other hazardous substances. An ancient fishing point is situated at an approximate distance of 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from the site.
In response to these apprehensions, the Navy has implemented various absorbent materials and primary and secondary containment barriers around the aircraft. Specially trained personnel maintain round-the-clock surveillance of the area.
Constantly employed for submarine hunting, reconnaissance, and intelligence gathering are P-8A aircraft. It is produced by Boeing and the commercial 737 jet shares numerous components.
The aircraft in question is assigned to Patrol Squadron 4, also known as the Skinny Dragons, and is situated in Whidbey Island, Washington state. Previously stationed at Kaneohe Bay, patrol squadrons are currently reassigned to Hawaii on a rotating basis.
The VP-40 Fighting Marlins, an additional crew hailing from Washington state, commenced their homeland defense coverage on Thursday, as stated in the Navy’s announcement.
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