A Navy plane flying in rainy weather veered off the runway Monday at a military base in Hawaii and crashed into Kaneohe Bay, but all nine people on board were unharmed, authorities said.
The Coast Guard responded, but rescue operations were quickly called off, said Petty Officer Ryan Fisher, a Coast Guard spokesman. “It appears that all parties involved have been saved.”He said.
Marine Corps spokesman Gunnery Sgt. Orlando Perez had no information about why the P-8A skidded off the runway at the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii.
A photo taken by witness Diane Dirks showed the plane flying in the water near the beach. A view reminiscent of the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson.”When a passenger plane piloted by Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger made an emergency landing in the New York River. All 155 people on board survived.
The P-8A and Airbus A320 aircraft that Sullenberger flew are about the same size.
Dirks and her family had just returned to the dock after rainy weather cut short their float trip when her daughter noticed the plane in the water.
“We ran to the end of the sidewalk and I took some pictures,” he said.
Dirks, visiting the area from Illinois, said her daughter carried birdwatching binoculars, so she could see the plane and rescue boats arriving.
“It was unbelievable,” he said.
The Honolulu Fire Department received a… 911 call reporting a plane crash shortly after 2 p.m.Spokesman Malcolm K. said: Medrano in an email. At that time it was cloudy and raining. Visibility was about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers), said Thomas Vaughan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu.
The P-8A is often used for hunting submarines, for reconnaissance and intelligence gathering. It is manufactured by Boeing and shares many parts with the 737 commercial airliner.
The plane belongs to The skinny dragons from Patrol 4 Stationed on Whidbey Island in Washington State. The patrol squadrons were previously based at Kaneohe Bay, but are now deployed to Hawaii on a rotational basis.
Marine Corps Base Hawaii is located about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Honolulu on Oahu. The base includes about 9,300 soldiers and 5,100 members of their families. It is one of several major military installations on Oahu.
The base is located in Kaneohe Bay, which is home to coral reefs, a breeding ground for hammerhead sharks, and the University of Hawaii Marine Biological Research Institute.