- A US Navy plane landed in a bay in Hawaii after overshooting the runway.
- All passengers survived and no injuries were reported.
- Before landing, the area was cloudy and raining.
A U.S. Navy plane overshot the runway and into a bay in Hawaii on Monday, and when the Honolulu Department of Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene, military officials told rescuers that all nine people on board had made it safely to shore and were uninjured. DO WE KNOW WHICH ONE? Navy or EMS? said spokesman Shayne Enright.
Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Ryan Fisher said the Coast Guard responded, but the rescue was quickly called off.
“It appears that all parties involved have been rescued,” he said.
The P-8A plane overshot the runway of Marine Corps Base Camp Kaneohe Bay, said U.S. Marine Corps spokesman Sgt. Orlando Perez. He had no further information.
A photo taken by a witness showed the plane hovering just above the shore, reminiscent of the “Miracle on the Hudson” in 2009, when a commercial plane piloted by Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger made an emergency landing on the New York River. All 155 people on board survived.
The P-8A and Airbus A320 that Sullenberger flew are about the same size.
Diane Dircks, 61, and her family had just returned to the dock after wet weather interrupted their pontoon cruise when her daughter spotted the plane in the water.
“We ran to the end of the dock and I took a few photos,” she said.
Then they heard sirens coming from everywhere.
Dircks, who was visiting from Illinois, said her daughter had bird-watching binoculars with her so she could see the plane and arriving rescue boats.
“It was unbelievable,” she said.
In the afternoon, at the time of the disaster, it was cloudy and raining. Visibility was about a mile, said Thomas Vaughan, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Honolulu.
The P-8A is often used for submarine hunting and for reconnaissance and intelligence gathering. It is manufactured by Boeing and shares many parts with the 737 commercial jet.
The plane belongs to Skinny Dragons from the Fourth Patrol Squadron based on Whidbey Island, Washington. Patrol squadrons were once stationed at Kaneohe Bay, but now deploy to Hawaii on a rotational basis.
Water landings – also called ditching – are not common for commercial aircraft, experts previously told Business Insider, and they can be difficult to land due to many factors, such as wave action and flooding.
Many of these overshoot landings have occurred on land in the past. In October 2022, a Korean Airlines plane flew over the runway after attempting to land twice and seriously damaged its body. In 2020 Iranian plane missed the runway and skidded on a busy highway. No one died in any of the accidents.
Landings are statistically the most dangerous part of air travel, accounting for 49% of fatal aviation accidents. This is because flying planes can maintain the correct course, as Business Insider previously reported. In the case of landings, the time it takes for the pilot to reach the ground and crash is very limited. Additionally, experts say it’s harder to stop planes than to get them to fly, experts tell Business Insider.
Marine Corps Base Hawaii is located approximately 10 miles from Honolulu, Oahu. The base houses approximately 9,300 military personnel and 5,100 family members and is one of several key military installations on Oahu.
The base is located in Kaneohe Bay, which is also home to coral reefs, a hammerhead shark hatchery, and the University of Hawaii’s Marine Biology Research Institute.