On Monday, a big U.S. Navy plane carrying nine crew members went off the runway in Hawaii and crashed into the water. Military officials reported that there were no casualties.
The crew members were able to safely get out of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft after it crashed into the water around 1:57 p.m. A plane was spotted sitting upright in Kaneohe Bay, which is located off Marine Corps Base Hawaii on the island of Oahu.
“All nine passengers aboard the aircraft at the time of the incident are accounted for, and no injuries are reported,” base spokesman Marine Maj. Jordan Fox said.
According to Marine Corps spokesperson 1st Lt. Hailey Harms, the Navy’s P-8A Poseidon aircraft is a surveillance jet that has the same structure as a Boeing 737 passenger plane.
The crew, who were assigned to Whidbey Island in Washington, were involved in a “routine training” when the crash occurred. The crash is currently being investigated.
Aircraft expert Peter Forman says that the runway at Kaneohe is shorter than most. Windy weather and poor visibility might have contributed to the situation.
Forman said that the pilot may not have landed the plane exactly where he intended on the runway. It’s likely that all of those factors combined are contributing to the situation.
According to the National Weather Service, visibility was reduced to about a mile, and there were wind gusts of up to 21 miles per hour when the crash occurred.