In a dramatic incident, a Navy plane overshot the runway during rainy weather and landed in Kaneohe Bay at a military base in Hawaii on Monday. Despite the intense situation, all nine individuals on board emerged unscathed, as reported by authorities cited by news agency AP. Coast Guard spokesperson Petty Officer Ryan Fisher confirmed that the Coast Guard responded swiftly, but rescue operations were promptly called off. “It sounds like all parties involved were rescued,” Fisher stated, as quoted by AP.
Gunnery Sgt. Orlando Perez, a Marine Corps spokesperson, could not provide immediate details on the cause of the mishap involving the P-8A aircraft at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
A witness, Diane Dircks, captured a photo showing the plane in the water just offshore, reminiscent of the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson” when a passenger jet piloted by Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger made a successful emergency landing on the Hudson River in New York, saving all 155 people on board, AP reported.
Dircks, who had just returned from a pontoon boat trip cut short by rainy weather, recounted the moment: “We went running over to the end of the dock, and I took some pictures.” She added that her daughter, equipped with binoculars for birdwatching, played a crucial role in spotting the plane and observing the rescue efforts.
“It was unbelievable,” Dircks remarked, emphasising the extraordinary nature of the incident, as quoted by AP in its report.
The Honolulu Fire Department received a 911 call reporting the downed aircraft shortly after 2 p.m., AP reported citing spokesperson Malcolm K. Medrano. At the time, the weather conditions were cloudy and rainy, with visibility limited to about 1 mile, according to Thomas Vaughan, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Honolulu.
The P-8A, commonly used for submarine hunting, reconnaissance, and intelligence gathering, is manufactured by Boeing and shares components with the 737 commercial jet. The aircraft involved belongs to the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron 4, stationed at Whidbey Island in Washington state. Although patrol squadrons were once based at Kaneohe Bay, they now deploy to Hawaii on a rotational basis, the report mentioned
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